When we think about our sins, we often focus on the things we did or said that we shouldn’t have. These are our sins of commission.
We don’t think about our sins of omission as often. These are the things we should have done but didn’t:
* a word of encouragement to a leader at our church.
* a pat on the back to a co-worker.
* a special treat for a mother or father.
* a smile to stranger.
That last one reminds me of a recent Thursday morning when I was walking through a restaurant where my Bible Study small group meets bright and early at 6 am. As I walked past a man sitting at the eating counter by himself, he looked at me and I felt a nudge from God so I made eye contact, smiled and said, ‘hi’. Instead of greeting me back, he said, ‘Thank you”.
A thank you.
I got the impression that he really needed someone in this restaurant crowded with groups of people to acknowledge his existence and smile. I’m really glad I didn’t miss that opportunity, that nudge from the Holy Spirit.
I wish I could say that I was always listening and responding to those nudges, but if I said that, it would be a sin of commission 🙂 Because it’s not true.
It was just a very small encounter at the start of a hectic day, but God has used it to remind me to be ready to respond to his nudges. Who else in my world is looking for a smile and a ‘hi’?
Are there people in your world who need a smile and a ‘hi’? Or a word spoken? Or a door opened? Or a text sent? Or a card given?
Dear Father, please open our eyes to the things we might fail to do without your nudge. We don’t want to miss the opportunity to be your light.