Finding God in the Little Things - Neighbors
I didn't have much time to post on Friday so I put my "Finding God in the Little Things" post off until today. I think God had a hand in that because he really showed me a neighborly little fellow on Friday night.
See Friday night I went to the rodeo. I work for the company that makes Wrangler Jeans, so we got free tickets. I'm not a rodeo fanatic, but I usually like to go when it's in town because the clowns are really funny!
Anyway, back to my point. My tickets were for the upper tier, but the curtain had been put down to close off the section beside us, so we were moved to fourth row on the bottom, directly in front of the chutes (how cool is that?)
This is something I think God also had a hand in. See, had I not been moved down, I would not have been placed near this boy. I'm not sure exactly what was wrong with him, but it was obvious that the boy had limited mental capacity. In some areas. In others he was way beyond me.
See, he cheered those cowboys on like no one I've ever seen. And even when they didn't make their "8 seconds" he would say things like, "That's okay buddy. At least you tried." or "You'll get next time, just wait and see."
I have a feeling that he has been encouraged much in his lifetime, so he's passing it on to those around him. But it made me think, how often do I encourage someone when they are down? Do I use words that will lift them up, or do I pretty much kick sand in their eyes by using hateful degrading remarks about their failure?
I learned a lesson from that boy on Friday night. A lesson I hope I don't soon forget.
Galatians 6:1 says this, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."
When someone falls, we are to restore them. To go to them in meekness. We aren't to lord their failures over them. Because at any given time we may fall ourselves.
I have a feeling that this little boy had suffered many "falls" in his lifetime. So he understood to a point how those cowboys felt. So he tried to do what he could to cheer them up.
I want to remember this attitude when I see someone around me fall. So that I may go to them with the right words and the right heart.