A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street going a bit fast in his brand-new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars when he saw something out of the corner of his eyes. As his car passed, no child appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the driver’s side door. He slammed on the brakes and spun the Jaguar back to where the brick was thrown. He jumped out of the car and grabbed the kid that was standing there and pushed him against the car shouting, “What do you think you are doing, boy? That’s a new car and the brick that you threw is going to cost you a lot of money. Why did you do it?”
“Please sir, I’m sorry, I didn’t know what else to do,” pleaded the boy. “I threw the brick because no one else would stop.” Tears were running down the boy’s cheek as he pointed around the parked car. “It’s my brother, sir, he fell off the curb and out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.” Sobbing, the boy asked, “Would you please help me get him back in the wheelchair, sir, he’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.”
Moved beyond words, the driver of the Jaguar tried to swallow the lump in his throat. He lifted the young boy into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief to wipe off the scrapes and cuts, checking to see if everything else was all right.
“Thank you and bless you, sir,” the grateful child said.
The man then watched the little boy push his brother down the sidewalk towards their home. It was a long walk back to his Jaguar, a long slow walk. He never did repair the dent in his door. He kept the dent there to remind him not to go through life so fast that someone had to throw a brick at him to get his attention.
Sometimes when you don’t have time to listen, life has to throw a brick at you. It’s your choice. Listen… or wait for the brick.
Pastor George Belobaba
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