I was climbing up the steps of my dorm, heading to my room, when something at the top caught my eye—a half eaten cookie. I thought about picking it up, and shamefully, I admit that I didn’t. Excuses filled my head: My hands are full. I don’t want to touch something with someone else’s slobber on it. Someone else is going to pick it up, I don’t need to.
. . . How many times to we go through life, and we see a cookie that needs to be picked up, and we know that we should, but we don’t? “I’m too busy.” “I don’t want to be involved in someone else’s mess.” “Someone else will take care of it, I don’t need to.”
How many times do we see someone sitting at a lunch table alone—but we don’t sit with them? How many times to we see a hobo in the Wal-Mart parking lot—but we don’t help him? How many times do we see someone crying—but we don’t comfort them? How many times do we—
Life is busy, but we need to learn to slow down and help others. We can easily make life all about ourselves, but we need to take the time to make it about others. For did not the King of kings and the Lord of lords take the time to come down and meet our needs?
We need to remember the parable of the sheep and the goats:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ Matthew 25:31-45
Needless to say, it’s time for me to go pick up that cookie, which I will do after I finish this blog. Maybe I can also find a half-drank glass of malk to enjoy with it!—or maybe I’ll just throw it away.
Will you also pick up the cookies in your life?