I have always loved inspirational and motivational stories, mottos and quotes. I find them to be filled with timeless lessons for me to learn and share with others.
Below is one of those inspirational – “make me think” kind of stories.
After reading this short story, I questioned myself…would I walk on by? Hopefully, if I ever encounter a situation such as this, I wouldn’t just walk on without doing or saying something.
Because the appearance of this man could be me someday…you just never know.
Are we so full of ourselves and so much better than everyone else that we can’t even stop and ask someone if they’re in need of something? I certainly hope I wouldn’t…
Let’s try and remember how many people have helped us along this journey called life. I know from my own personal experiences, many, many people have stopped and picked me up when I needed it. I pray I’ll never forget and pass it on whenever the situation arises…
Here’s the story:
Would you walk by?
This will certainly make you stop and think. You never know what a kind word, a phone call, or an imprompt visit will do for someone else.
It was a cold winter’s day that Sunday. The parking lot to the church was filling up quickly. I noticed as I got out of my car that fellow church members were whispering among themselves as they walked to the church. As I got closer I saw a man leaned up against the wall outside the church.
He was almost lying down as if he was asleep. He had on a long trench coat that was almost in shreds and a hat topped his head, pulled down so you could not see his face.
He wore shoes that looked 30 years old, too small for his feet with holes all over them, his toes stuck out. I assumed this man was homeless, and asleep, so I walked on by through the doors of the church.
We all fellowship for a few minutes, and someone brought up the man lying outside. People snickered and gossiped but no one bothered to ask him to come in, including me.
A few moments later church began. We all waited for the Preacher to take his place and to give us the Word, when the doors to the church opened.
In came the homeless man walking down the aisle with his head down. People gasped and whispered and made faces. He made his way down the aisle and up onto the pulpit he took off his hat and coat. My heart sank.
There stood our preacher… he was the “homeless man.” No one said a word. The preacher took his Bible and laid it on the stand.
“Folks, I don’t think I have to tell you what I am preaching about today.” Then he started singing the words to this song. “If I can help somebody as I pass along. If I can cheer somebody with a word or song. If I can show somebody that he’s traveling wrong. Then my living shall not be in vain.
Richard D’Andrea Dover
Please leave a comment below on how this affected you in some way…