Real Worship

May 30, 2014 by


I was getting out of my car one day when a man approached me asking for change. He was very thin, dirty, and obviously in want.

I asked him what he needed and his reply was, “Something to eat, Mam. I’m starving to death.” And from the looks of his frail body, he was.

I told him that I would go into the Food Mart and get him something to eat. He replied, “Thank you, Mam.”

A few minutes later, I exited the small store with a bag of food for the man, who kindly thanked me. “Thank you, Mam. God bless you.”

As he walked away around the corner, I realized I should give him a few water bottles from the back of my van. I drove around the corner where he had walked. Admittedly, I was curious to see what he was doing with the bag of food.

I was so completely taken aback when I saw him sitting on a curb, underneath the shade of a tree with a bowed head and folded hands. It was not so much that he was thanking God for his food but that he actually took the time to give thanks before eating it.

It made me think of the numerous times I was too “starving” to stop and give thanks for my food before tearing into the paper and diving face first into my cheeseburger. I was so humbled by this man and by what I was witnessing.

At the time, we were studying The Purpose Driven Life. One of the things we had been looking at was real worship. Not doctrines, not functionality, but from the heart worshiping. I was fortunate enough to see that firsthand.

I share this story not to boast of my good deeds, or so that the world will know of my kind act, but because it would seem from the outside that that day I helped a man in need. But from the inside, I would tell you that a man in need blessed me.

What I saw in that parking lot will stay with me forever because I learned so much from such a simple moment. I was once again reminded of how much I have to be grateful for. It was truly humbling to see that someone who had apparently nothing, has everything.

Jesus Christ did that for us.

Some of us take the time to stop and thank Him and for that I am eternally grateful…and utterly humbled.

*This took place more than 8 years ago, but that experience still impacts me today. I hope you are blessed by this act of true worship.

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5 Responses to Real Worship

  1. Rick

    And that my dear Heather, is the heart of the matter! What a beautiful story. It is an excellent example of how our righteous acts have the power to continue to bless when they were done with a pure heart. He probably does not remember you or the meal, but he remembered who to thank for it. Or, you never know, He may still be sharing that story today about how he was destitute and living on the streets and God took care of him through many of his children. He may continue his story recounting how this particular day he did not think he had the strength to go on another day, and then this angel showed up out of nowhere with a meal, and from there he was able to walk to a homeless shelter where he was offered a stay that begin his journey home off the streets and back into society. We may never know what beautiful flowers nay bloom from the seeds of kindness we sow. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

    • Heather

      Thank you for sharing that possibility with me. Wouldn’t that be grand? The great thing about our God is that we don’t really need to worry too much about our impact on the world – we can leave that to Him. We just need to obey when He asks, and allow Him to do His work and will. Perhaps I will speak to this man in Heaven one day and he can tell me his story. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

  2. Arlene Baker

    This moved me beyond measure–we have so much to thank our DEAR FATHER for even our most trying times. I LOVE your sweet heart and I know that you give all the glory to the FATHER!

    • Heather

      Amen! I think that we have so much to thank our heavenly Father for, especially in our most trying times. For it is then when we realize how much we truly have in Him. I’m so thankful you were blessed. To God alone be the glory forever and ever!

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