The Continuing Adventures of Super-Rick

   I went into Wal-Mart yesterday.

   A grandmother was there with her three grandchildren, the oldest of whom was an eight year old girl. Two little boys were captive in the push cart. The little girl was trying to load a large bag of dry dog food to the bottom of the cart. She was clearly overmatched.

   I waited just a moment and asked if I could help. I was careful to praise her industry and then maneuvered the bag for her. She and her grandmother were profuse in their thanks.

   On the way out I visited the men's room. A saintly older gentleman was standing in the middle of the floor, facing the wall, his clothing askew, mumbling to himself. I asked if I could help. He shrank more deeply into himself.

   I did not wish to make him fearful. I assumed someone was with him. I exited the men's room and looked around. There was a lovely little lady, I believe in her sixties, standing sentinel. I learned the disheveled gentleman was her father and he suffered dementia. I suggested, since the older fellow was the only one in the men's room just then, that I guard the door and she could help him get back together. It took several minutes. All the people I stopped were very understanding.

   The older man and his daughter walked out. Their thanks were far out of proportion to the service rendered.

   On my way out the door, I encountered a pregnant girl. She seemed to be about fifteen months pregnant and carrying a small antelope in her belly. She was in great difficulty, pushing her overladen cart. I offered my church card and asked if I could help her to her car. She agreed. Again, great were the thanks.

   What do we learn from all this?

  1. I spend too much time at Wal-Mart.
  2. I don't have a regular job, so time is not always binding on me.
  3. We live longer and more alone than once we did. The grandmother was raising three small children, the daughter was caring for an aged, demented father and the pregnant girl, as it turned out, had no husband and not much support.

   Since we live longer and lonelier we have more opportunities to help each other.

   We also have more need.

14 thoughts on “The Continuing Adventures of Super-Rick”

  1. Isn’t it amazing how God can use us when we make ourselves available. Way to go Rick. It is a good life lesson for all Believers — the lesson being: “Don’t go thru life with your heads down and your eyes on the floor” (so to speak). Let’s all learn to keep our heads up and our eyes on the world around us and it will be amazing how God can and will use us to make an amazing difference.
    Your examples are but a few of the many opps out there for ministry. Just imagine how our churches could transform the world around us if we could get more and more church members doing just. What an impact we would have if we lived our lives with heads up and eyes on the alert for God’s opportunities.
    Like I said Rick — this is a great life lesson (all-be-it from Wal-Mart) for all of us. I am sure the people whose lives you touched will be forever grateful, even if they are not always fully aware of who you are and what you did for them.
    Adios

  2. Wow–I hate to go to Wal-Mart, but now after reading this, I will consider it an “opportunity” for ministry. Truly a great example of how “God is at work all around us”. Our approach, even at Wal-Mart, should be to be on the lookout and take advantage of those God-moments. Thanks for the reminder that it can really be a blessing to go to Wal-Mart!

  3. I must comment again on this “WAL_MART oriented” Blog Post of Dr. Davis. I do not have a blog that I regulalry blog / post on, but I read my fair share of others. It is amazing to me to see what people will take the time to comment on… for example this Blog Post of Dr. Davis on WAL-MART couples with a wonderful time of ministry. Look at how many have commented on it! Amazing! It just goes to show that when a BLog sparks some interest, people comment. It doesn’t matter the subject if people like it. This Blog obviously hit a nerve, interested people, and made people want to comment.
    But tomorrow 1,000’s of people will Blog about politics, Obama, slavery overseas, the economic depression, etc., and you will have very little interest on many of them. Think about it!

  4. So maybe this is how Hope 2010 should look. You know really caring and sharing more than a mantra. I hope we are not living vicariously through Rick’s experience. Let’s live it out.

  5. With all due respect to my esteemed colleague, Doug, who practices servant leadership as a matter of course, this little series of adventures has absolutely nothing to do with another top-down, glitzy, product placement as evangelism “program” imposed on lesser lights by a benevolent dictatorship.
    The denomination takes my money, defames my good name, nods patronizingly and, apparently, expects deep thanks for instructing me (poorly) to do what I am already doing. The denomination is an atavistic reliquary, struggling to demonstrate relevance lost years ago, without a meaningful place in the real world of today.
    Anyone who still cares should be figuring out how we can support our institutions better without splurging on inefficient programs and ineffective staff. For those who do not care about what goes on in the board room, where preachers meet to act like executives, we should be giving a cup of cold water in Christ’s name,to obtain the reward of a prophet.

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