Mark 12:41-44 “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasure. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.'”
It was too early to be up and operating a moving vehicle. I was grump, I needed coffee, and I was probably not very pleasant to be around. My friend was in the passenger seat and was saying something about how nice it was for me to have offered to take him to the airport.
I am not really a “morning person.” I like to push the limits of what is an acceptable amount of sleep. Yet I found myself driving a friend to the airport at a time when I assumed no one ever actually did anything. That’s the problem with offering to help someone… Sometimes they take you up on their offer.
I had told my friend it was no problem to take him to the airport, but what I meant was, “I really don’t want to give you a ride, but I don’t want you to think I am a bad person so I will make the offer in the hopes you don’t actually need a ride.”
I know… I can be very selfish sometimes. How about you?
Have you ever offered to help someone, but you were secretly hoping they wouldn’t actually accept? Maybe you’ve offered to help someone move, or drive them somewhere. My favorite is offering to help clean the dishes when there aren’t too many left. We want to look like we are helpful, but sometimes we really don’t want to actually be helpful.
Day 6 of 6 from the 2014 Mission Discovery Devotional