To Help A Friend

March 13th 2009

Today I got a phone call that a friend needed my help to get something done.  She had driven the two hours to accomplish an urgent task, believing she had everything necessary to get it done.  She was missing one thing.  She called me to see if I could meet her half way with that one thing if she arranged for her husband to leave work and get it to me.  She would have to make a 4 hour round trip to accomplish it, making it impossible for her to make it to something that was planned later that day.   I said yes without hesitation because this is what friends do.  She has done things for me without even being asked just because she knew they needed doing.

One year ago there would have been no way I would have been in a  position for her to call me to do this.  Even just 9o days ago I had not yet gotten my drivers license back from having gone seizure free long enough.  These are the days that impact me.  The days that I see how having gone through what I went through to get to where I am today have made a difference.  I am not just talking about the fact that I have my drivers license back because nearly a year ago I had a surgery that finally allowed me to be seizure free.  I am talking about how the three year trial I went through allowed God to mold me to where I am today, and how that changed what kind of decision I made today.

Three years ago I would have hesitated if someone called me to drive a 2 hour round trip to bring them something they had left.  Even if I had a free day I would have told them to try to find someone else to do it first, then call me back.  I might even had invented plans.  After all I would be giving up 2 hours of my day for their mistake.  Yet today, my view is different.  I am glad to be able to have the opportunity to do it.  The fact that I could drive, did have the day free, and knew there was no obstacles to making it happen gave me joy in doing it.  God has taught me many lessons in the last three years, lessons I learned in trial.  Big lessons that impact decisions in my life that I use to think were small, but that are not small to someone else.  Like today, the decision to help a friend.  When we make that kind of decision, the kind of decision that is based on how it is going to impact another person, we end of receiving joy because we have considered someone elses needs above our own.

When was the last time you helped a friend when you didn’t expect to?  What kind of benefit do you believe you got from that?


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