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#108: The Devil Almost Made Me Do It

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Some weeks ago on a team site I coordinate, I wrote of passing by a motorist in apparent need, only to have my inner voice tell me to go back and offer help. Turns out the man had things under control and thanked me for stopping.

As I drove away, the feeling of goodness I experienced was far more satisfying than the initial feeling of self-disappointment that enveloped me while I passed the stalled car.

Tonight, the devil almost made me ignore another motorist in need and his wife and young baby.

I left a restaurant with a friend and observed the couple in the parking lot looking around before finally walking across the street to a drug store. That seemed a strange thing for them to do -- why not simply drive there? -- and I suspected they would hit us up for gas money with one sob story or another when they came back.

After my friend and I talked for a few minutes, the couple returned but did not approach us. As I pulled out of the restaurant's parking lot, I saw their car, now with the hood raised, and the man pouring water into the car's radiator as steam bellowed from the engine.

I was two blocks away when my inner voice once again grabbed my attention. I hated the feeling of letting them down and despised myself for not offering to help.

I turned around, stopped behind their car and apologized for not checking with them before I had left. I told them I had a large container of water in the trunk of my car if they needed it. The man said they had just gotten water from the drug store and thought they'd be okay. I offered a jump -- I carry cables in the trunk also -- but he said they'd be alright once he added the water.

I talked with the young mother about her 13-month-old girl, a beautiful baby and finally coaxed a smile from the youngster.

As I pulled away this time, I said a prayer of thanks that I went back to check on them and thanks for them being okay.

I explain this encounter not for a pat on the back or other accolades, but to encourage you to listen to that inner voice that asks, "Wouldn't you want someone to check on you if you were in trouble?

Listen to that inner voice of goodness and compassion and you will surely leave feeling more fulfilled than if you had ignored someone in need.

Just don't let the devil make you leave without offering to help.
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  • no profile photo CD5002230
    There was a time when I was content to "sit the bench". Just happy to make the team. With growth and, for me, confidence, that is changing. Put me in, Coach! I'm ready.
    4154 days ago
    The older I get the more I realize that my inner voice has never actually let me down. These days I do pay more attention to it.
    4154 days ago
    Good for you! I can remember a few times I was on the side of the road and someone stopped for me. I was soooo grateful. It really means a lot to the person stranded to have someone care. Well done. There, a pat on the back even though you didn't want one.
    4154 days ago
    we are taught in church that the inner voice is our holy ghost letting us in on a secret. you have proved that to be true. the voice in our heads is not to be ignored. it is there for a reason. sometimes we have to spread the christ love. if not us who?
    4154 days ago
  • SUSAN134
    Paying attention to that inner voice is so important! I'm glad you did, and thank you so much for sharing your story
    with us - a very good reminder for all of us.

    4154 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    The Holy Spirit works in all who would just listen and obey, like you did, my friend. We have to remember Heb 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
    God bless you
    4154 days ago
    God will continue to provide those divine encounters for you. How exciting!!
    4154 days ago
    This blog reminds me of the story in the Bible about the man that was beat up and left on the side of the road, many passed him by, but one Man did stop to help. It only takes one...one person can make a difference.

    Even though there was nothing you could do for this couple , I am sure it blessed their hearts just that you stopped to offer some help. Thanks for the reminder to take time to show some concern for another. We can't bless others without blessing ourselves too.
    4155 days ago
    Another wonderful blog, Lou! Thank you for reminding us to pay attention to that inner voice. You just never know what blessings will come from it.

    God bless you with exceeding abundance;
    4155 days ago
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