Changes and Missed Opportunities

I know that lately a lot has been changing.  I try to keep myself open to change, mostly with God.  I want to be a beacon of light in this dark world.

How can I convince others how great following Christ is, if I look and act just as miserable as everyone else?  It is all about letting myself be changed.  Letting God change my heart.   I want my desires to be His desires.  If I see a homeless person, I want to feed them.  If I see someone struggling with something heavy, I want to help them carry the load.  If I see someone crying, I want to comfort them.

I really do want these things and I know God does, but doing is the biggest part.  It’s not that I don’t want to help, but my brain chimes in with stupid reasons why I shouldn’t, and I end up hesitating.  Then it is too late and the opportunity has passed.

Last night I stopped at Wawa (a local gas station/convenience store) to get Reese Cups for my wife and something for me to snack on.  When I was paying at the counter, a little old lady came in and had a jug of milk in her hand.  She looked a little confused.  I had that feeling, like a still small voice.  I know it was God telling me to buy her milk for her.  Immediately my brain was like, “she has her own money, don’t try to look like a big shot.”  Yes, I know.  It sounds stupid right?  It was a stupid thought.  I could have been a blessing to someone else and that one stupid brain moment cause me to hesitate and walk away.  The milk was $1.90 and I had received $2.00 change from my purchase.  I felt like such and idiot.

Matthew 5:16 ESV

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

I am not going to let this missed opportunity get me down though.  I will use it as a learning experience and a chance for growth.  Next time I will buy the milk, maybe even all the groceries!  Not because I was to be a big shot, or because I want praise from others.  It is because I have been given so much, and by giving back, people will see Jesus in me and give Him the glory that He deserves.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

5 comments on “Changes and Missed OpportunitiesAdd yours →

  1. I’ve had the same instances with the same responses! Hopefully we can spur one another to do it the ‘Jesus ‘ way next time!

  2. Ahh! Micah this is amazing! You are such a gifted writer and I realy appreciate your humility in writing about this situation. Please write these often. Maybe even every day or something. I felt in my spirit like you should start a daily email devotional. It’s perfect because it’s not too long, it gets the point across and definitely has inspiration from the Spirit.

    God Bless,

    Sam Bart

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