October 2013

THE BRICK


Tale of Two Stories:
Story # 1: A young executive was traveling down a neighborhood street going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.  As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door!  He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver jumped out of his car, grabbed the nearest kid, and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, "Just what the heck are you doing and who are you? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?" The young boy was apologetic. "Please, mister...please, I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do," He pleaded. "I threw the brick because no one else would stop." With tears dripping down his face, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. "It's my brother," he said.  "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up."  Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me." 

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly over and lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out his handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. "Thank you,” the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message, "Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!" 

It is so easy, in this fast pace world to get caught up in the tyranny of the urgent-doing the urgent-busy things of life that we forget about doing what is really important.  Far too often we are wrapped up in taking care of things that we miss out in taking care of people. Remember, Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mk 12:30) and Paul wrote, “care for one another” (I Cor. 12:25). Therefore, we should be a funnel of God’s love flowing from Him to others.  

Story # 2: Two little girls watched their mother sob in a corner booth of a truck stop. The Sheriff Department was dispatched to check on the family. A flash of fear crossed the older child's eyes as the patrolman approached them. “Daddy left us,” she blurted out. “He just put our stuff out of the car while we were in the bathroom.” The patrolman told the little girls to climb on the stools at the counter and order something to eat as he signaled to the waitress to take their orders. Then he asked the mother what was the problem. “Just what my girl said,” she replied, wiping her eyes with the back of her hand. "My husband's not cruel- just at the end of his rope. We're flat broke and he figured we'd get more help alone than if he stayed." The patrolman asked her if she has any family." The nearest is in Chicago." The patrolman and woman discussed agencies that could help as the girls ate their hot dogs and fries. As the patrolman went to his wallet to pay for the food, the waitress said," The boss says no charge. We know what's going on." Then a big man in jeans, T-shirt, and a baseball cap came up to the counter and said, "Excuse me officer." Then extending a handful of bills he said, "Here, we passed the hat. There ought to be enough to get the woman and her girls started on their way."  The patrol man said, "I'm sure she'll appreciate it, can I tell her your name?" "Nope," he raised his hands and backed away. "Just tell her it was from folks with families of their own."  There was enough to buy bus tickets to Chicago and food along the way.  

It is refreshing to see people who care enough to help others? We are here to funnel God’s love to others!  Therefore, care enough to help!  Don’t wait until someone has to throw a brick at you.
                                          
                                                                                                                            -Pastor Mike Kotrla