I have a friend that never calls me and every time I call, I hear, "I was just thinking about you and was about to call." That statement was kind of hard to believe after about the third or fourth time hearing it.
Yesterday there was a very skinny, dirty, ragged, old man standing on a corner at a stoplight. He was holding a sign that said that he was hungry and homeless. We had no cash. We rarely carry cash. And at a stoplight I didn't have time to grab him some of our food. The light changed and, sadly, we drove on by.
I hated that because we usually try to help people. I have learned that it is not my place to judge them or question their motives or intensions.
In my job at the nursing home I met a lot of lonely people. Many didn't receive family or visitors, but all brightened when someone, anyone took the time to speak to them. And even if someone only spoke a few sentences to them, it seemed to make a big difference for them.
You understand it doesn't take much, not much effort, time, or money to make a big difference. But what it takes is, "the doing part."
Thinking about doing something, or wishing you had done something, doesn't get it done.
What can you do today to brighten up someone else? Be a flicker of brightness to somebody. Shine your light on another, even if it's only a small spark.
You, too, will receive a blessing.
For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' (Matthew 25:35, 36 NASB)