Jeff and I were having a great conversation last night about people, their gifts, and how sometimes we perceive things according to what we’ve been told, or what we’ve made up in our minds. As the conversation went on Jeff began to share this story that he had been reading about in one of his books and it intrigued me so much that I thought that you might find interesting as well.
It went something like this: “Once upon a time there was a motorist, driving on an unlit back road late at night. When the thought entered his mind that he would hate to break down in such a dark and lonely place, a tire went flat. As he pulled his car quickly over to the side of the road, his headlights lit up a sign that read, “Glenville Mental Institution.” The motorist got out of his car to check for damage, but he had an odd feeling that he was not alone. Someone was peering though the nearby fence of the institution, not saying anything, just watching.
After taking off the flat tire, the owner of the car put the five lug nuts in the hubcap so they would not get misplaced. The stranger was still watching, and the motorist was getting nervous, now convinced that someone was staring at him from behind the fence.
“What’s a maniac doing out so late at night?” he thought. “And why is he gawking at me like that?”
While rolling the spare tire around from the trunk he stepped on the rim of the hubcap, flipping all the lug nuts into the tall weeds. He went after them but found only one.
Finally, the mental patient spoke: “Take one nut from each of the other wheels and put them on the fourth wheel. Then you’ll have four nuts on each wheel and will be able to get to a gas station.”
The motorist replied, “That will work.” Then, “Hey, that’s brilliant! What in the world are you doing here?”
The patient said, “I’m here because they think I’m crazy, not stupid.”
As Jeff and I continued talking about this story, God shared this with us this: God can use anybody to help you, but sometimes our preconceived notions limit us to think that God will only send people that meets our standards or conditions of the way things should be done. We encourage you to not discount people just because of the way they look or where they are, because that very person may be the only person that God puts into your path at that moment. We need to stop stereotyping or judging people and start loving them.
Quote of the day: Charles Allen Kollar
“God is active in the heart, mind, and spirit of all who will ever come to know and love Him.”
Bible verse of the day: John 15:12
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank You for all people. Lord, we need to come to a point where we are not judging people based on how they look, what they may be wearing, or where they may be located. When we judge people, we are putting ourselves into Your position and one day we will be judged for how harshly we judged others. I pray that You continue to grow my heart so that I can love the way that You do and I pray to not pick and choose who I love, but that I love all. I thank You for this day!
In Jesus Name I pray,