Published June 9, 2009

Shelia Shares....
"Slow Down"

At my dad's funeral visitation, I talked with his youngest brother, who is only in his early 60s. Otis had a daily routine of going to the town coffee shop at 2 p.m. each day. At 3 p.m. when he left the coffee shop, he went to the nursing home to visit Dad.

Although he might only have spent five minutes with Dad, it could take him an hour to get in and out of the home again. It's a small community and small nursing home. The residents came to know that Otis would be there at 3 p.m. Many of them made it a point to be in the hall when Otis passed their room on his way to visit Dad.

There was one man that Otis greeted each day but never stopped long enough for an actual conversation. The elderly man had trouble pulling his thoughts together quickly, so could never say what he wanted to say in the limited time that it took Otis to greet him.

One day my uncle realized how he was rushing by and he stopped. Over the next months, this elderly man and Otis have become friends. My uncle tells me that the gentleman is interesting and has a good sense of humor.

Wow! That was a great reminder. How many times do we rush past people? How many times do we miss friendships in our rush? How many times are we so self-centered that we fail to notice those around us? How many times do we rush past never seeing the need or the hurt or sharing the joy?

Today slow down and see who God has placed in your path. You might be pleasantly surprised.

- Shelia

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