A Sandwich, a Soda, and a Smile

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(A parable not based on actual events)

I ran into a young woman yesterday evening who was absolutely beside herself. Her GPS had failed and she thought she knew the way home from a college she had been visiting, but after driving for hours in the wrong direction, she realized she had no idea where she was or how to get where she needed to be. With tears running down her cheeks, she continued to recount the frustrations of her day, telling me how her cell phone had gone dead, how she hadn’t taken the time to eat anything all day long and, as a result, was battling a splitting headache, and how totally and completely lost she was. The only thing that was familiar to her was the McDonald’s sign, so that’s why she had pulled into their parking lot and was just getting out of her car as I was exiting the drive-thru. When she came up to my window to share her story with me, she looked so pitiful and I felt such compassion for her. I nodded with sympathy and proceeded to give her the cheeseburger and soda I’d just purchased and a Tylenol I had in my pocket. I smiled, gave her a big hug, and then I drove away. I suppose I could have also shared with her the directions to get her home because I know that place very well and exactly how to get there … but instead I chose to just show her the love of Jesus without words. As I drove away, though, I did offer up a little prayer that she’d figure out how to get home on her own. Maybe someone else would tell her.

Moral of the Story: If you know The Way but do not share it, the one you’ve assisted remains lost. Showing the “love of Jesus without words” through charitable actions is just a topical remedy that can be applied by ANYONE with half a heart to temporarily relieve an undesired physical situation, but does nothing for the most important need of their lives, the eternal. Giving ’em a hamburger and a soda isn’t enough … the lost aren’t going to absorb the way to be saved through a bun or a piece of meat. Jesus said to go into all the world and make disciples. Let’s love them like Jesus and do what He says because we have His heart and we care about their eternal destiny.

–Cheri Henderson

About Cheri Henderson

Cheri (Gale) Henderson, a resident of Waynesville, Ohio, acknowledged Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of her life on April 11, 1983. She became a new creation that day, old things passed away and all things became new, and now she lives to bring Him glory. She loves to worship her Savior and she also longs for all men to be saved. Much of her poetry is a reflection of her new heart. She began writing "Lyrics for the Lord" (http://cherihenderson.wordpress.com) the week after she dedicated her life to Christ, and is now a published writer in Billy Graham's "Decision" magazine, many other Christian magazines and periodicals around the world, and most recently, the book "Divine Stories of the Yahweh Sisterhood". Her prayer is that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the words that flow from her pen will permeate the hearts of all who read them, and that lives will be changed forever for the glory of God! "Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit" (II Corinthians 2:17), therefore, you may use any of the poetry displayed herein freely and non-exclusively, for non-profit purposes only (and as long as the author credit remains intact), to perform, broadcast, display or print in complimentary newsletters, church bulletins or the like.
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