Would you go to the kitchen cupboard?
Would you go to the corner shop?
Would you go to the supermarket at the other side of your town?
On Saturday we went 45 mins by car to the other side of Belfast just to get a certain type of biscuit. We went to Ikea for their Pepparkaka Ginger Thins.
(I'm just wondering if they would be willing to pay me for this great advertisement for their biscuits hmmm?)
Saturday was Fred's birthday and our son and daughter-in-law had invited us to come for a birthday meal and Suzie had promised Fred cake.
So by Friday I was wondering what else we were going to do before going to see them in Belfast.
I decided that this was a good opportunity to go to Ikea and stock up on their biscuits.
The first reason being that I can have 3 of these biscuits with a cup of coffee in the afternoon and not use up too many calories as opposed to the chocolate biscuits that Fred likes. The second reason is that I love to dunk these biscuits in my coffee and the third reason was that we had run out of them at home a few months ago.
So really we were not driving all that distance just for the biscuits but using the opportunity to go a little bit out of our way when we were already going to Belfast.
This got me thinking!
We went out of our way for something I wanted, but how much do we actually go out of our way to do something for others?
We did something for someone just the previous week which took a couple of hours of our Saturday because we had to drive a distance again and we were happy that what we did had helped to make this other person happy. But many times we can look on making an effort for others as taking up our time and energy when we should be thinking of things that others need help with or that would add a little joy to their lives.
It is so easy to go on each day with our lives and have them centre around us and God but not around others. Yet Jesus set us a clear example of how his days on earth were centred around God and others before himself. Look at how tired Jesus was at various times.
We drove home on Saturday night smiling and feeling very happy because we had spent a lovely evening with Daniel and Suzie, but we also went home the previous week happy because we had put a smile on someone else's face and made her happy.