by Macy Johnson
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said:
‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
(Acts 20:35 NIV)
Who doesn’t look forward to a package arrival? Jeff and I were watching a college basketball game late one night when we heard someone at our front door. Several packages were dropped off in the middle of a rainstorm.
One of the packages left us intrigued. It was addressed to an unknown someone on an unknown street. I tossed and turned all night trying to decide what to do about the mysterious package. Should I return it to the post office? I knew they were short-handed, so I decided to deliver it myself.
Google maps helped me find the house in a cul-de-sac at the end of a gravel road. I hesitated until I saw two women standing at the top of the driveway. God put them there to encourage me on my mission.
I drove up to the house, stopped the car, grabbed the package, and stepped out to find friendly faces. As I handed over the package I explained my appearance. They were understandably surprised to discover someone would go out of their way to deliver a package to a stranger.
I knew God gave me the courage to go beyond the call of duty. Sometimes I need to step out of my comfort zone for others. I like to think if I had not delivered the package it might have been classified as lost, and time, energy, and money would have been wasted on a replacement. Perhaps you have experienced the pain of replacing lost shipments as I have.
I will look for opportunities to step out and serve today. I hope you will, too!