“If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” ~Proverbs 3:28
This is one of my favorite proverbs, and one that often pops into my head at just the time I need it.
It’s easy to offer assistance, pay a debt, or fulfill a promise you made when it’s on our terms or fits into our schedule. It’s quite another thing to do when we’re pressed for time or just don’t feel like it. Regardless, the writer of this proverb tells us that we should not turn someone away to come back another day, when we can help them today. If we can take action to assist in that moment, we should.
I think an important reason for doing this is that if we do indeed send them away to come back another day, we may miss the opportunity to have an impact in their life. Sure, it may not be a life changing impact, but there may be an opportunity to connect with them and make an impact that day. You never know where the next opportunity will come from.
So who can you help today, that you’d rather help tomorrow? When you think of that person, be reminded of Proverbs 3:28, and take action today.