Several years ago I was walking to work from the train back in BC. I pretty much set my own schedule so it didn’t matter if I was a little late. I was walking across a quiet intersection where there were a few broken bottles, with the really jagged pieces that would shred a tire.
A middle aged lady was out of her car picking the pieces up and moving them to the side of the road. I walked right across the sidewalk saying to myself, I would help, but I have to get to work. I was making an excuse so that I wasn’t inconvenienced. It would have taken about two minutes. I remember that bothering me all day, I was ashamed of myself and clearly it still bothers me.
Those are the opportunities God gives us, and he smiles about our obedience to those little things. Who knows what could have happened if I had taken the opportunity to be kind? Maybe nothing, maybe something unbelievable, maybe I just would have felt better for the rest of the day, but I’ll never know.
Take every opportunity you have to make someone else’s life easier, happier, this is a tangible Christian thing we can do. We don’t have to know the right thing to say, or verbally witness to them, just do something nice. It will please the other person, it will please you, and it will please God.