Created to Do Good.

“Are you okay, babe?”

My poor husband. What HAD been a fun movie date had suddenly turned into a wife-softly-crying-in-the-car date. I wasn’t okay, I was ashamed, and angry, and sad.

As we’d left the theater, I’d seen a very old lady being escorted to the bathroom by her very old husband, v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y, a journey about the length of a football field. The poor woman had evidently lost control of her bladder during the movie. Her husband was taking her to the restroom to get her cleaned up, but she was very old, and also disabled. She could only take a few steps every minute. It broke my heart to see this, as I’m sure the woman was embarrassed. He was going to have a very difficult time helping her get cleaned up and then home.

I felt so sad over the humiliation she must have been feeling as she leaned on her husband and inched across the theater lobby in front of dozens of strangers.

Then I felt angry. Why had the teenage employee made them walk all the way to an “open” restroom rather than allowing them to use the “closed for cleaning” restroom located just next to their theater? Why hadn’t he scrambled to find a wheelchair, or offered to help the man support her? Why had nobody working at that place seemed to care what was happening?

Finally I felt ashamed. As we got into our car, it dawned on me that I could have offered to help. If there was a wheelchair at the theater, I could have told the teenage employee to GO GET IT PLEASE. I was wearing a scarf; I could have offered it to the lady to tie around her waist, covering her wet pants. I could have made sure the restroom was accessible and clear of traffic. I call myself a Christian but when I had an opportunity to obey Jesus by helping someone, I choked.

So, I cried like a baby on the way home while my sweet husband tried to console me. We prayed for the woman, asking God to comfort her, and to provide someone to help her husband in that restroom. We talked about how we wanted to live, and what we wanted to model for our children when it came to how we treated others. The Bible says so many things about this, including:

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

“Bear one another’s burdens.”

“Do not withhold good when it is in your power to do good.”

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

“For we are God’s workmanship, created to do good works.”

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

“Faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is useless.”

So, together my husband and I prayed that God would give our family opportunities to help others, wisdom to recognize those opportunities, and courage to take action.

I missed a chance to show love and help someone that night at the movie theater, but there will be a next time — and with God’s help, I’m ready.

do good meme 10-15

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One Comment

  1. Awesome post, Catherine. Great reminder for us to step-up and help, even when it’s not our job. LOVE like Jesus!

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