I jumped into my car ready to head to church. As I drove down the highway, I noticed someone frantically trying to flag down to help. I peered closer to see what was wrong. It was straight in my face. A tire was ripped apart, clearly in no situation to move anything, anywhere. I eased my car in behind the unfortunate driver and parked it. I popped my trunk and unloaded the spare tire, lug wrench, and jack. I walked over and instantly got to work. I jacked up the car before unscrewing the tire from the car. It let out a heavy thud onto the ground before I picked it up and carried it to my trunk. I came back and instantly put the spare tire onto the car. I took the proper bolts and screwed them back on securing the spare to the car. I strode over to the driver.
“That spare will hold for about a month. I recommend you replace it with a proper tire soon that way if this happens again you have a spare that will work decently well.” I smiled before putting my tools back into the trunk and drove away. When I walk into church I got glares as people glanced up and down my dirty clothes. I just grinned back.
Doing the right thing.
Often times doing what is right is not always what’s popular. We are often judged on our actions or words even when we know we are standing for God. Often in our communities and schools we are pushed around for not doing drugs or for standing up for the nerd. In the situation I just presented, I described a time where someone was ridiculed for doing something God would do yet at a time that was considered holy.
In the movie, “God’s Not Dead-2” the main character stated, “I’d rather stand with God and be judged by the world, than stand with the world and be judged by God.”
What would you do?
What would you do? Do what God would do and get your hands dirty? Or pass on by without another look and stay “pristine?” Me? I’d rather help and get dirty looks for doing so, than pass by and not make a difference.
What people often forget is that Jesus did not walk by when there was distress but instead He healed and helped. So often we feel embarrassed because we got a stain or we stood tall in the face of threat. Instead of fight or flight, let’s make it highlight. Because if we don’t highlight God in our lives then we can’t make a difference.
What will you choose?
What will you choose? To stand and help, even if it goes against the norm, or go with the flow, hiding like a shadow?
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24 — You can serve God or you can serve the world. Which do you choose?
Chase Goehring- “Acapella”
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