Quick story. I walked several blocks today to lunch and on my way back, I was walking down a sidewalk and there were newspaper sheets lying all over the sidewalk. The perplexing thing was there was a garbage can right next to them.
As I walked toward them, I saw it was 2-3 newspapers worth of pages flying about so I started to pick them up. You see, it was in front of a high rise building that’s been vacant since 2 banks merged in my city 5 years ago, so there wasn’t much foot traffic.
Sure, the city has a Public Works department that cleans the streets. If I pick it up, I’m taking away from their job, right? Heck, a homeless guy might have come by and needed that paper for…Anyway, I picked it up.
One-by-one, I chased the papers blowing in the wind down the sidewalk like a nut job until I got every last one. All the while, I was wondering if someone was going to see me doing it and think I was crazy…
That’s my point. When did we go from picking up trashbeing normal, to it being someone else’s job and I’m crazy if someone sees me doing it?
When’s the last time you picked up the trash, rather than stepping over it?
Do you step over the bug in the carpet by your elevator? Do you walk past the scraps of paper towel that have fallen from the receptacle at church? Do you throw that left over napkin away with your stuff at MacDonald’s or just leave it there for someone of lesser status to get them?
Even the Bible tells us to live “in honor, preferring one another.” Turns out, that preferring one another part means to live life knowing there is someone else behind you.
Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about “preferring”:
- grab a cart from the lot, that’s one less for the poor grocery guy to bring in
- if you have a kid in a restaurant, pick up after them (or at least triple the tip)
- return the item you don’t need back to it’s home, rather than on the shelf in the checkout line
When you read these, if you thought “that’s not my job,” you failed. I’m guessing you’re an absolute joy to be around and WOW would I like to work for you…(note: SARCASM)
If you thought “man, that’s what I do,” you are awesome!!!
If you thought “man, hadn’t thought of that,” Congrats! You are in my boat. Bad news is that we both have some rowing to do.
Got anymore for my list? I’d love to hear them!!!