Would You Walk By?

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.

inspirational and motivational storiesAfter 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.

Why?

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…

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    • says

      I know Dawn. Sometimes I think fear stands in our way, not knowing exactly
      what that person’s true intentions really are. I kind of blame that on our society today.

      Thanks for being so honest.

      Joni

  1. diane hall says

    I have been homeless and lived in my car, no one, not even my family offered me a place to lay my head. I am nor was I on drugs, just a single mom who was overloaded with life’s obligations, that I fell behind on paying my bills and such. I since live in a 3 bedroom house, and have taken in many people along the way, because I know what it’s like not having a place to lay my head at night. I have gotten “burned” so to speak, because everytime I’ve helped someone, as soon as they get on their feet, I’m left paying higher household bills, water, electric, ect. for taking them in. I only hope they pay it foward one day and remember my kindness I bestowed upon them.

    • says

      Hi Diane…guess what? You WILL be re-payed someday in a much better way than you ever thought possible.
      Keep up what you are doing because you are a true blessing for those people even though it doesn’t seem like it.

      You are a blessing and don’t let others take that away from you. There should be more people like you in this world.

      God bless you and your family,
      Joni

  2. Jack Boling says

    So many times in life friends have been there for me when I needed them, and even strangers have come to my aid in times when Ive questioned life and its meening. I can say that it would be hard to just walk by but I have been guilty of it to. People if we all help out there would be alot less drama and more respect in the world. do whats right and be there for each other, is that really to much to ask? Ive been homeless before with noone to lean on and watched people just walk on by without even offering a helpin hand, it sucked, but at the same time it made me who I am and much stronger as a individual. Without each other we have nothing.

    • says

      Bingo Jack!

      “Without each other we have nothing”…that’s why we’re all here. Seems the situations you encountered had
      a very positive affect on you. Kudos my friend!

      Thanks for sharing,
      Joni

  3. Patrice says

    This hits close to home; through out my life I’ve struggled if it wasn’t for the family that was supportive or a friend who chose to care. My life would be just like this; but God knows and comes to my rescue every single time. He touches the heart and mind of those who have chosen to stick out their hand to pull me up.

    Moreso, I am the youngest of three sisters. Many times my son and I have been in need and near homelessness even with a fulltime job. Both of my sisters have always chosen to walk by. I asked the Lord, “why would they do such a thing, when they were always in need; Lord, I listened to you and helped them out. When they needed food, when they needed care for their children, I was always there. Yet, they’ve left me all alone and it feels really really cold.” But I can feel and hear the Lord reply, I am always here for you, Patrice. I really care and there is nothing you can do to gain my favor for I have already given this to you. Just keep on believing in me and remember to reach out and help the one who is in need when you cross their path.

  4. Winnia McGregor says

    10 yrs ago in the summer I saw a homeless guy I gave him $50 also my shoes and tshirt I had a singleton on and barefoot I didn’t care it was 10 mins from my house and I’d do it again tomorrow.My parents always taught me treat people how you’d like to be treated and respect anyone and everyone 🙂 I think I made his day his name was Gino he had passed recently and after that day 10 yrs ago I would cook him food and take it to him everyday and pay his fee to the gym to use the shower everyday and give him all our clothes that we were’nt in need of anymore 🙂

    • says

      Wow Winnia,

      You are one to model after! What a blessing you are.

      As far as Gino, you made more than his day…You just might have saved his life.

      Thanks for sharing!
      Joni

  5. Rocky says

    I once saw a man sitting on the side of the road, on my way to work. He was dressed in old blue overalls and was sitting in such a posture that made me think, ‘what would make a man sit in that manner on the side of the road? Is he trouble minded? Hungry? Homeless?’ I immediately remembered that I had a R10 note in my wallet and did not hesitate to offer it to him if he needed it. I approached him, greeted him and asked what was wrong and he said to me that there was nothing wrong, he was just sitting there waiting for his transport to work. I was so relieved but that never left my mind. What I’m trying to say is ‘no, I would NEVER walk by’. Thanks for such an inspirational story.

    • says

      No, thank you Rocky. I betcha that man will never ever forget that honest act of kindness. I think you gave
      him so much too think about on that day.

      Personally, you’ve given something for all of us too think about.

      Thank you Rocky,
      Joni

  6. wanda says

    I myself would have at least taken him to eat and to get a shower and bought him some clothes we are all god’s children,we should be able to depend on one another no questions asked,i hope and pray that someone would be their for me,why fear something that god would expect us to do.

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