Actually I have never heard it before, and I wonder why. It's so true.
Haven't we all regretted not seizing some moment in time where we could have done a good deed, but waited too long? I once saw someone in need of help on the highway (an elderly man) and while I decided whether or not I had time to stop, I drove by the exit. It was a long drive to the next exit, but I got off and got back on going the other way. By the time I got to the disabled car, the driver was gone, nowhere in sight. I had lost the moment to help someone and I now did not know where he was. I assume someone else helped him, but I wished I could have been the one.
That was a long time ago. It taught me not to question myself. If I see a problem and offer to help, God will surely honor my good intention by seeing to it that I'm not in trouble for doing it.
Sometimes even a smile can be a tremdous act of kindness. When my Mom passed. it was a smile that me realize that she would always be with me......And that was 25 years ago! Now I try to smile all the time - don't always succeed - but I try.....
Words: they can knock us down or they can lift us up, so it's what we do with those words that really matters. Truth is, though, our actions speak louder than our words.
Nap, you know, sometimes I look back at events like the one you mention and it occurs to me that maybe I was not meant to stop at that time and in that place. If the man was gone, surely he received help from someone, just not you. That you turned around and went back is important because your actions showed that you cared. That's what matters. Sometimes we aren't meant to save the whole world, but if our hearts are filled with good intentions then each little thing we do is significant.
I try to not waste my time or emotions on regrets; we can't change our yesterdays.
We can, however, do something about our todays.
Name: Mary The dry side of Oregon Be yourself, you can be no one else
We call those opportunities divine encounters. Nap, maybe somebody else needed to have the blessing that day, helping the man, but you showed concern and went out of your way to try. And you probably learned something that day about listening to God. We are all a work in progress. Thankfully, God isn't finished with us yet!
Last Saturday I came out of a restaurant after lunch with my Mother and as we crossed the parking lot I saw a woman about my age, huffing and puffing, trying to push start a car with a young man at the drivers door trying to push with one leg in the car. I didn't stop to think, I just ran up to the back and started pushing. When we got it rolling as fast as possible the young man jumped in and I heard the engine start. I stopped, turned and walked back to my car where Mom was waiting as the woman yelled out thank you.
The odd thing is that I am in terrible shape and just walking across the parking lot can leave me short of breath...but I was not panting or feeling anything from the exertion and Mom was amazed...so was I! We continued on with our normal afternoon of shopping and I am still not sure why that effort didn't do me in. But I was glad that I was there to help.