You have probably heard that phrase before, but didn't think much about it. However, last night this simple phrase ended up finding it's way into my life in a very practical way. You see, I started driving for Uber 2 years ago. I've given over a thousand rides, each one being a good experience. I have never had a terrible experience driving, and I have had the pleasure of getting to meet a ton of great people. Some just traveling for business, others for pleasure, and others for reasons like car trouble, or inability to physically drive. You see, when I signed up to be an Uber driver, I was telling the company and future pasengers that I would help them get from point A, to point B safely. I never thought that I could use the app as a tool for ministry, or to make somebody's holiday extra special, until last night.
While on another trip with a passenger, I got a call from my next ride request saying that they needed to make a special request. Could I possibly take them to Home Depot to get a tree for their struggling family (parents) for Christmas? I obliged, and said, "No problem. Sure." Then wheels started turning in my head. The passenger that I was with at the time was complaining much. lol. Not sure why, but she seemed to be having a hard day. While many proclaim this as the "Most wonderful time of the year, for many there is struggle, difficulty, hardship, etc. The least I could do this night, was help to make their Christmas a more special one, by letting them get a tree, and helping to deliver it back to their apartment.
So, when I arrived at their place, they got in the vechile and were super polite, appreciative and thankful that I was willing to do this for them. I said, "This isn't always the happiest time for many. It's the least I could do." As we pulled into the parking lot of the shopping center I stopped the Uber app at the request of the passenger because they didn't have much money on their credit card. That wasn't a big deal for me. They offered to give me cash as a tip. We arrived at Home Depot and I let them out to shop around for a tree. Then I drove over and parked beside the tent where the trees were being cut and wrapped.
We got the tree loaded up, and as I was getting back in the car I realized, it takes a lot of humility to be able to share your struggles with somebody. They even told the person working at Home Depot their story and how they were having a rough time. Turns out the folks at Home Depot gave them the tree for free. I love generosity, even from the public. You see, I didn't need to preach to them or tell them I was the best Christian in the world. They saw it through my actions. (I had my Forest Hill Church hoodie on) What would they have though if i didn't oblige to their request then?
I don't write all this so you will think about how great of a person that I am. I write this to remind you. People are struggling. You don't know how blessed you are. God loves you more than you'll ever know. So share yourself, your time, or your money this Christmas season. Or any time of year for that matter. The world needs to see the Christian community love more. Let's do that this season. You don't know how much it might mean, but i'll tell you, God's proud of You when you let Him use you.