It's Not About You

This morning I started my day with a prayer. To be honest, it was more of a grocery list of the things I needed God to turn around in my life. After doing more asking than thanking, I said “Amen,” and then went on with my day.

During my rush to work, I decided to stop by the oh-so-healthy-and-nutritious McDonald’s for a quick breakfast. The drive-thru was a mess so I went inside, only to hear the assistant manager loudly cursing about a customer.

Let’s just say it wasn’t exactly the start I was hoping for on this Tuesday.

Finally I received my McMuffin, after a long wait, and hurried back to the car. I pulled out my sandwich while driving and realized that my order was wrong. Though I asked for no cheese (we don’t really get along), there was a huge layer of it melted right on top. I was pissed, to say the least, and contemplated going back. Unfortunately I had 5 minutes to be in the office so I kept going.

While venting to myself, I saw a homeless man at a stop light. He had a baseball cap on top of long salt-and-peppered hair with a beard to match. The man held a sign asking for help. I looked at my McMuffin, which I considered throwing away to be honest, and made a quick U-turn to talk to him. I waved him over and asked, “You hungry?”

“Yeah,” he said, “Thank you so much,” as I handed him the McDonald’s bag.

“You’re welcome,” I replied, as we both smiled at each other.

“I like your hair by the way. It’s cool,” he said.

“Thanks, I try!” I replied, and we laughed. As the light turned green, I waved once again and drove off.

As I pulled into my office’s parking lot, still smiling, this was placed on my heart: When we pray, we of course ask God to help us. God get ME out of this mess. God help MY finances.

With the right amount of faith he will do it, but realize that it’s not all about you. God blesses us to be a blessing to others. Yes it’s cool to have money, cars, and trendy clothes, but the true reward for us lies in the feeling you get when you help another.

That small exchange with the man made my entire day. This morning I was complaining about all that was wrong in my life, while barely acknowledging the good. Yet something as simple as a sausage and egg McMuffin brought happiness to a man living on the street. I felt ashamed and I felt petty. But I see now that my prayers have been wrong from the start. When you live in a constant state of thanksgiving there is no need to worry, because God looks after a grateful and humble heart.

Understand that what God does for you, is not all about you. He’s giving you the tools and ability to go out into the world and be of assistance to another person. When you pour into others with kind words and gestures, God will pour into you with his blessings.

So have a great day everyone, and remember to be thankful.


—Tara Pook