Too Busy to be Thankful?

It was quite late in the evening and we all felt sleepy and tired. We met with some friends early that night and it took us a while before we could finally make a trip to the store to buy groceries. My mind was occupied trying to make sure I did not forget the things we needed to buy. As we were about to leave, my mind was again calculating about how much time we need to put the groceries up and get the kids ready for bed. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a man standing. One of his legs appeared missing and he had crutches on. I tried to ignore as I walked past him, still thinking about the things I needed to get done.

As we got out of the building my daughter said, “Mommy, I saw a man with only one leg. I think that’s why he has crutches on. Can I please pray for him so he will get his leg back?” I casually said, “Sure, honey, you may pray for him.” She said, “Yay! And when he gets his leg back, he won’t need his crutches anymore.”

As soon as we got home, we proceeded to put things away and got things ready for bed. Since it was presidential debate night, we turned on the TV to see what was going on. It must had been quite entertaining since we kept watching and laughing. After a while, we took the kids to bed. When it was time to pray, my daughter asked if she can pray. Sure, we nodded. Her prayer: “Dear God, please help the man at the store get his leg back. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Her simple prayer struck a chord in my heart and I began to see what I lack. Here I was too busy about my own concerns that it blinded me from caring about others, especially those that I don’t know. On the other hand, my daughter saw a need and was focused to execute what was in her heart.

A warm greeting, a smile or a prayer is oftentimes enough to comfort a weary soul. I recognize that it is not by our “good works” but God’s good work that makes a man a good man. I am still a work in progress. Thank God, for His grace qualifies us to do good things for our brothers and sisters. And He has promised that He will be faithful to complete that work in us. I need so much of His amazing grace.

Lord, thank you for the people that I meet everyday, whether I know them or not. Please shower your blessings upon the man who lost his leg. May he find favor in your sight. Please teach me and show me how to care so I can be a blessing, too. Help me not to be too busy to care about other people’s needs. Thank you for my daughter who helped me see goodness in all things.

Always grateful,

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*This post is part of my 31-day Challenge: The Power of Gratitude Series. Click on the image below to be directed to my posts. Thank you for being here today!

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