I was recently told of a grandma who was in line at a grocery store when she noticed a mom in front of her who was paying with food stamps. When the order was rung up the mom didn’t have enough money to pay for the eggs she was trying to purchase. Not thinking too much of it the grandma said to herself, “Oh, that’s too bad” and went on with her day feeling sorry for this poor mom. When she got home she told her son-in-law about this poor lady who couldn’t afford eggs at the grocery store. Before she could get the whole story out of her mouth the son-in-law said, “So you bought her the eggs?”
It was at that moment the grandmas’ face went flush and she burst into tears when she realized how simple it would have been for her to help. Her loud lament was, “Why didn’t I buy the eggs? Why?” She couldn’t get over how dumb she felt for not doing such a simple act of kindness to help someone else. It now has become a family joke for them whenever grandma returns from the grocery store, “Did you buy any eggs, Grandma?” It has also become a strong family reminder to be watching and ready to help when the time arises.
God’s word tells us to keep a watchful eye and an open heart when it comes to helping those who are in need. It says, “Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” (Isaiah 58:10)
Too often we are like this grandma and we get so sidetracked with our own lives that we forget, even when it’s right in front of our faces, to help others. But if you want your life to shine as an example to others you need to make it common practice to help those who are in need. And those in need are never as far away as we think.