Park Benches

Park Benches (Photo credit: Chris_J)

A man was walking through his neighbourhood when he heard the voice of God clearly say, “Sit and pray.”

He looked around, spied a park bench and sat down to pray.

As he prayed, he saw a man struggling with a heavy burden and again heard the voice of God say, “Help that man.”

He got up, went to the man and assisted him in carrying his load for a couple of blocks until he again heard the voice of God say, “Sit and pray.”

So he looked around, saw a bus stop and again sat down to pray.

As he prayed, a bus pulled up.  A lady and her young child got off the bus.  The man noticed that the child was misbehaving and the mother was clearly frustrated and he heard the voice of God say, “Encourage that woman.”

The man got up, initiated a conversation with the woman and spoke words of hope into her life, assuring her that she was a good mother and calming the child in the process.

He turned to walk home when he again heard the voice of God say, “Sit and pray.”

“Why don’t you make up your mind?” the man said to God.

“I made up my mind long ago,” responded God. “People who follow me are to find a balance between a life of prayer and a life of action. For if all you do is pray, you become a pious hermit living in a cave somewhere, useless to the world.  But if all you do is act, you become a godless zealot, doing nice things that have no eternal impact.”

“So, how do I know which one to do?” the man asked.

“Remember what I said in Proverbs 3:6.  Acknowledge me in everything that you do and I will guide you and make your paths straight.”

The man nodded, smiled and walked home.

From that day on, he lived a life of prayer and action and was never the same again.

And neither was the world around him!

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