“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty’” (Luke 17:7-10 NIV).
A wealthy man was delivered to the door of his high rise office every day in his limousine. Everyone catered to his whims and each night his limousine returned him to his penthouse. A maid had a lounging robe laid out and bath water run. A flawlessly presented and palatably delectable meal was ready. He was financially secure and he was set in his everyday routine.
Daily, the man passed a beggar pleading for a handout, but the man turned away as he stepped into his limousine, cell phone glued to his ear. He was a busy man with people to meet and places to go. One day the beggar was gone. If the rich man noticed, it was only that an irritant was absent from his watertight life. The beggar died unnoticed not only by the man but by hundreds of others. He wasn’t just any beggar, though; he was a good man who had fallen on hard times. At his death the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. His agony was over.
Later the rich man died also, but his fate was entirely different than that of the beggar. Suffering in hell, he recalled many things he had overlooked in his busy life. His tormented mind recalled the beggar, if only he had slowed down long enough to reach out a helping hand.
We might not live the same lifestyle as the wealthy man, but we can be guilty of getting caught up in our routines. Sometimes our checklist for the day is more important to us than reaching out to the person who might be in great need, just like the beggar. Imagine if we took on an attitude of walking slowly through our day so that we can be more aware of the people around us.
Be flexible and reach out to those God has placed in your path.