Happy Elevated Friday! Today we highlight a story of a man who, when suddenly faced with a choice to either continue on his own way or give up his time and energy to help others, chose the latter. Ron and Sharleen Gilles were driving from Edinburgh to Cambridge in the UK to see Ron’s dying mother one last time. During the trip, they got into a minor car accident and were stranded on the side of the road. Despite calls to their insurance company, no one was going to be able to help them continue on their way until the next day at the earliest. Fortunately, a man named Dean Moore, who was driving home, happened to stop to check on them. After hearing their predicament, Dean drove them 3.5 hours to Cambridge and then 3.5 hours back to his own home. Because of his selfless act, Ron and Sharleen were able to see his mother one last time as she passed the next day. If not for Dean’s generosity, there is little chance Ron would have seen his mother again.
Sometimes in life we are presented with options that create uncertainty in our hearts. Our minds tells us one thing but our gut tells us another, leaving our heart to be the tie-breaker. Too often, we choose to do what is sensible, easy, or quick instead of what is right. The Bible tells us, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” Poor means lacking in something – whether it be money, time, spirit, or countless other things. We all lack things in life, so when we meet someone to whom we can provide abundance, we should always do so. Today, consider if you were faced with a similar situation as Dean Moore, would you make the same decision?
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” – Proverbs 19:17