Don't We All?

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Ace, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. Ace

    Ace New Member

    Gastonia N
    One evening I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of work. Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum. From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money. There are times when you feel generous but there are other times that you just don't want to be bothered. This was one of the "Don't want to be bothered" times.
    "I hope he doesn't ask me for money," I thought. He didn't. He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop and he didn't look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus. After a few minutes he spoke. "That's a very nice car," he said. He was ragged but had an air of dignity around him. I said, "Thanks," and continued wiping off my car.
    He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never came. As the silence between us widened something inside said, 'ask him if he needs any help.' I was sure that he would say yes, but I held true to the inner voice.
    "Do you need any help?" I asked. He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget. We often look for wisdom in great men and women. We expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments. I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand. He spoke three words that shook me.
    "Don't we all?" he said.
    I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day. Those three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too. No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help. Even if it's just a compliment, you can give that.
    You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all. They are waiting on you to give them what they don't have. A different perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos, that only you through a torn world can see.
    Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe he was more than that. Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise to minister to a soul too comfortable in themselves.
    Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum, then said, "Go minister to that man cleaning the car, that man needs help."
    "Don't We All?"

  2. bigcatmaniac

    bigcatmaniac New Member

    California Miss
    that is one great post, keep them comin

  3. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

    Beebe AR
    Great post may god bless you:smile2:
  4. fishinpals

    fishinpals New Member

    Virginia, Illinois
    Great Post Ace. Yes, we all need help and I'm alot better off than I deserve.
  5. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

    GC, OHIO
    Another great post Ace, thanks for sharing.
  6. Fatkat

    Fatkat New Member

    Blanchester, Ohio
    Great post Ace, thanks for sharing. :smile2:
  7. elalr

    elalr New Member

    warsaw missouri
    great story thanks for sharing
  8. bud1110

    bud1110 New Member

    East Texas
    Another great post Ace, it sure makes you think about your own situation...
  9. countrygirl0569

    countrygirl0569 New Member

    Great post...very true...keep them coming Ace
  10. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Council Bluffs, Iowa
    Thanks Ace! That was Very GOOd Of You Sir. to Help That Gentelman. You Know as I get Older I don't Know what Happening but today I look at things alot differently than I use to. When I was younger My attitude was Man I work two jobs to make ends meet and raise the Family and don't come whining around Me. Well I have seen some rough times in my life and alot more good times than than hard times and now as I look back on them, most of all the tough times were a DIRECT Result of something I diden't do or should of done.So no one to Blame but Myself for the not so good times Right! Iv'e heard it said that God Loves Drunks and FOOLS and some where in there I must Fit in. God Bless Your Friend J.D.Straka
  11. swampthang_matt

    swampthang_matt New Member

    that was good ace:big_smile: