I trust you are well, and I pray you keep growing in wisdom.
Today I want to talk to you about Stopping for the One, another word you could use is compassion.
Compassion is essential for people to know that they are loved by others and by God.
Compassion can be small and simple, and large scale too. But I’ve found small and simple often has a large scale impact.
I’ll never forget at the age of 8, seeing my Mum have compassion on a homeless woman with very few clothes. My Mum drove past her, saw her challenge, went to the local store and bought her clothes, then returned to her to clothe her. That small act had a huge impact on that lady, and on me. My Mum had seen the one, amongst the thousands. To this day I find myself stopping for the one.
Just today I was able to assist a woman in a car accident, she was just one person in a sea of cars and people, but I was compelled to stop for the one- and as she cried and hugged me I could see how much it meant to her that she was seen and cared for, and loved by God and people.
Here is my advice for you, when it comes to stopping for the one.
1. It’s doable. When you think of stopping for everyone, it can be overwhelming, but stopping for one person feels more achievable, because it is. Jesus stopped for the one, time and time again, despite the overwhelming magnitude of the crowds at followed Him. Think of Zacheus… Jesus saw the one amongst the thousands.
2. Ask God to lead and guide you. You can’t stop for everyone, but you can stop for someone. Ask God who that someone is and then for Gods sake, theirs and yours, stop and make time for them.
3. Always remember- you were once “the one” that needed stopping for. Even at your young age Sean, many many people have stopped their busy lives to take time to bless you and your parents. The same is true with you Abi. When you were born, friends literally gave us hundreds of pieces of clothing for you. If it helps, remember that your Dad was once “the one” also. At the age of 19, a man I’d never met stopped and told me that God loved me so much. At that time in my life I was depressed and suicidal and it changed everything. You and I may not even be here if it wasn’t for that man stopping for the one. As the Bible says, love because God first loved us.
I love you kids, I pray for compassionate hearts for both of you.
About the series:
I’m 29 right now, but soon I’ll be 30. 30 sounds so young to some, but to me right now, it’s feels old! It’s a real milestone.
It’s sounds funny to say this but the closer I get to 30 the more I think about what legacy I’ll leave my kids.
To be completely honest, the closer I get to 30, the more I realize I won’t always be here for them, one day I’ll go to heaven and get to be with Jesus face to face, and they’ll have to walk this earth with God in their hearts, the Holy Spirit as their comforter and guide, and Jesus as their example and intercessor, but they won’t have me here. So, for the times they might wonder, what would Dad have to say about this… I’m writing them a blog a day for 30 days. They might not need it now, but if they ever do, I hope it speaks to them.