The Lesson Three Simple Words Taught Me

  1. One evening I was parked in front of the mall
    wiping off my car. I had just come from the car
    wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of
    work. Coming my way from across the parking
    lot was what society would consider a bum.
    From the looks of him, he had no car, no home,
    no clean clothes, and no money. There are times
    when you feel generous but there are other
    times that you just don't want to be
    bothered. This was one of the "Don't want to be bothered" times.

    "I hope he doesn't ask me for money," I thought. He didn't. He came
    and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop and he didn't look like
    he could have enough money to even ride the bus. After a few minutes he spoke. "That's a very nice car," he said. He was ragged but had an
    air of dignity around him.

    I said, "Thanks," and continued wiping off my car.
    He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money
    never came. As the silence between us widened something inside said,
    'ask him if he needs any help.' I was sure that he would say yes,
    but I held true to the inner voice.

    "Do you need any help?" I asked. He answered in three simple but
    profound words that I shall never forget. We often look for wisdom in
    great men and women. We expect it from those of higher learning and
    accomplishments. I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand.
    He spoke three words that shook me.
    "Don't we all?" he said.

    I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I
    needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough
    for bus fare but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day.
    Those three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have,
    no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too. No
    matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with
    problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help.
    Even if it's just a compliment, you can give that.

    You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all.
    They are waiting on you to give them what they don't have. A
    different perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a
    respite from daily chaos, that only you through a torn world can see.

    Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets.
    Maybe he was more than that. Maybe he was sent by a power that is
    great and wise to minister to a soul too comfortable in themselves.

    Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him
    like a bum, then said, "Go minister to that man
    cleaning the car, that man needs help."
    "Don't We All?"
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    How true!!!!!
  4. by   unknown99
    Awe Fran, that is so good!!!!
  5. by   WyomingRN
    Such a good story and so true.
  6. by   suzy253
    Awesome, Fran......just awesome! :kiss
  7. by   LadyT618
    That was absolutely beautiful and touching. I would love to use this in a forward and e-mail it to all my friends. I will definitely give credit where credit is due. I'd forward it to you too if you'd like.
  8. by   MandyInMS
    Soooo true..makes us ALL think a bit huh?
  9. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from LadyT618
    That was absolutely beautiful and touching. I would love to use this in a forward and e-mail it to all my friends. I will definitely give credit where credit is due. I'd forward it to you too if you'd like.
    That won't be necessary, Lady. Use it to your heart's content. :kiss
  10. by   LadyT618
    Thank you darling! :kiss
  11. by   happystudent
    Thank you for sharing....just what i needed...
  12. by   TinyNurse
    awesome post!!! thanks!

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