Don’t Be Consumed with Your Stuff!

“If I had continued to consume myself with myself and my stuff I would not have had the opportunity to engage with someone else, hear someone’s story, or share in someone else’s emotions.”

I had an interesting conversation with my Uber driver last week. After getting in the car I was intent on sending emails and messages out on unfinished tasks. Until the driver engaged me in a conversation that soon got my full attention. I then engaged him and a few minutes later we were laughing and talking like old acquaintances. We talked about life, the joy of life, death, jobs, family and before I exited the car the devastation in Mexico. Even through his heavy accent I could understand his pain and sadness when I asked him questions about family or friends effected by the earthquake. He shared no family but a friend. He was killed along with 50 others in a building. Only 4 survived. I expressed my condolences and offered my prayers. My heart was touched. If I had continued to consume myself with myself and my stuff I would not have had the opportunity to engage with someone else, hear someone’s story, or share in someone else’s emotions. It blessed me tremendously. Upon my exit from the car he thanked me. But I thanked him! He made sure he didn’t leave the curb until I entered the airport and we both waved goodbye. If you have a spare second, please whisper a prayer for Guillermo, his family and his friends.
Much love!

4 thoughts on “Don’t Be Consumed with Your Stuff!

  1. This topic is something of what I was going to post about tomorrow. But it also goes to show that sometimes we can be so consumed with our lives, we forget about the people around us. So glad that you took out time and talked with him, I’m sure that made his day. We never know what a conversation, a hug, a smile or just a pat on the back can do for people. My prayers will be with his family.

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  2. Treating others as you wish to be treated is the key to being unselfish. In serving other is to be great Listeners! Enjoyed your testimony. Still missing my pastor/family. Love you!

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