It was Friday afternoon. I was just finishing up my taxes for last year, when I got a call from my sister. She asked me if I would help her get her house ready for selling. I would do mostly painting. I grudgingly said I could probably come on Saturday. I really didn’t want to though. I was looking forward to enjoying the day off, maybe go for a walk and do some photography. It was going to be a warm and sunny day—in the seventies!
How dare she ask me to do her work, I said to myself. It’s her house. Why can’t she take care of her own house? Why is she expecting other people to help her? I would never do that. I would schedule my time so that I could take care of it myself.
Well, I was going on and on with these mental complaints, and I was also complaining to God about it, when suddenly a familiar verse came to my mind: “Give to him that asketh thee and to him that would borrow of thee turn not away.”
I couldn’t remember where the verse was found in the bible, so I quickly went to a concordance, and I found the verse right away. Of course, it was in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. I read the entire passage.
40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
The more I thought about what I was reading, the more my complaints vanished away. God was telling me to be more selfless; that as a Christian, I should be willing to deny myself personal rights in order to help someone else. It is what Christ would do and what I should do too.
I slept well that night and was ready to go to work the next day. And when tomorrow came my willingness to serve remained. All during the day I felt good about helping my sister, and really about doing the Lord’s work. It was a good day.