To Be Convicted – Thursday, July 22, 2021

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you – John 14:26


“Tell me, how can I, how can I love Jesus/When I’ve never seen His face/Yeah, I see you dying/And I turn and walk away.” Although Kirk Franklin’s “Lean on Me” doesn’t receive the airtime as when first released in 1998, I still consider it to be one of his most thought-provoking creations.  It is quite impossible to listen to the aforementioned lyrics and not introspect or in some cases be convicted by resurfaced memories of turning a blind eye to someone in need.

My most vivid occasion took place while on route to see family when at a red light a disheveled man walked between cars holding a sign that requested assistance.  Like the other half dozen motorists, I ignored the man and sped away once the light turned green.  Although many months later, I am still reminded of my modern-day replication of a character who chose not to help the man in Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan.

Since that time, I have taken actions to ensure the availability of money if a similar event transpires.  Will I always meet every need?  No.  But it’s my goal to do my best. Hopefully, you share the same quest not to “turn and walk away,” but instead show your love for Jesus by demonstrating it.