Thursday, October 11, 2012

Do it Anyway

I’m humbled and embarrassed to share the latest life lesson God has taught me.
I had the opportunity to serve one of the sweet ladies in my Bible study by providing a ride to and from church last night. I called her in the afternoon, got directions and agreed on meeting time. About an hour later I was hit with a wave of panic – I don’t have the good car!

We are a four car family. One is with our son at college in Austin. The second, a truck, is what my daughter drives back and forth to high school. The third, a sedan, is our newest addition. It’s red, sassy, and fun to drive. The fourth is the minivan we’ve had for the last six years. It has certainly seen better days, has a seat belt that doesn’t work properly, and has developed a certain, um, odor. That’s the car I had yesterday.

Knowing my husband was in Dallas with the sedan, I frantically text my daughter to arrange a car swap. She informed me that her Homecoming date was already hard at work decorating her truck and that I would have no interest in taking it to Bible study.

I scoured my brain for other options. Could I borrow a car? Could I ask someone else to pick her up instead? It didn’t take long before God convicted me of my pride.  I was going to have to take the van.
As I pulled up at my friend’s house, I hopped out and opened the back door for her. (Did I mention the seat belt that didn’t work was for the front passenger seat?) I explained the situation and told her I would be chauffeuring her to Bible study that night. She was gracious and genuinely appreciated the ride, even from the back seat.

As we drove to the church, I thought about how many times I’ve talked myself out of serving others. “Someone else can do that better than I can.” “My (fill in the blank) is not good enough.” “I can’t offer to do that, they hardly know me.” I’ve allowed myself to be disobedient to God’s promptings and then justified my disobedience. Have you ever been there?

We had a nice visit during our time together and I enjoyed getting to know her more. If I hadn’t swallowed my pride and let someone else take her back and forth, I would have missed out on the blessing of making a new friend. How many times have I robbed myself, and others, of the blessings God has planned?

So, I share this embarrassing story to say... do it anyway. When God prompts our hearts, He has a purpose. He doesn’t just want to embarrass us or make us uncomfortable, He has a plan. Sometimes the plan involves us swallowing our pride and reaching beyond ourselves. Other times it’s about blessing – how we can bless others and how God blesses us. Either way, we win!


“It is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him.” Deuteronomy 13:4


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