“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself, do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Phil. 2:3) Know what? I think God has a sense of humor. Well, I’ll bet he does, because He used it to teach me a lesson! It so happened that I had to get to Bible study early to pick up a sermon CD for a friend one evening, but I was running late. The problem was that I noticed my skin was breaking out and I didn’t have any makeup in my purse. “No problem”, I thought, “I’ll just run to Wal-Mart real quick!” Of course, I was kidding myself, but couldn’t hide anything from God. He kept reminding me of the truth. In the back of my mind, I kept hearing, “Oh, no, you can’t…you’ll never make it”, and even more convicting, “This is pride, and you know it!” Anyway, I ran in, paid for my purchase, grabbed the bag, and ran out the door as fast as I could. I settled in my car and with some satisfaction I reached in the bag to find….a pair of baby shoes!
In my haste, I accidently grabbed the lady’s bag behind me at check-out! God would not let me get away with my own interests when I should have been attending to someone else’s.
I had to laugh because I knew what God’s lesson was: “You came in for make-up, but I’m going to give you baby shoes. IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help each of us grow out of our tiny spiritual shoes and into maturity.
Have you ever had an everyday circumstance that you considered a "real life lesson"?
About the Author: Hello, My name is Margaret, but my friends call me Margo… I’m just an ordinary girl in Houston… By day, I live in a cubicle farm cultivated by Corporate America. By night, I can be found either yelling back at the TV or tending to a sweet, black cat that loves to be walked on a leash. I love to read, write, exercise and laugh. Being from Texas, I have been known to two-step till the band goes home. Most of all, I am a Christian. I believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and I gratefully cling to His salvation. I consider myself an imperfect student of His word. You can find me on the web at Ministry in Words.