About 10 years ago, a young and very successful executive named Josh was
traveling down a Chicago neighborhood street. He was going a bit too fast in his
sleek, black, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE, which was only 2 months old.
He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down
when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no child darted out, but a
brick sailed out and-WHUMP! -- It smashed into the Jagís shiny black side
door! SCREECH...!!!! Brakes slammed! Gears ground into reverse, and tires madly
spun the Jaguar back to the spot from where the brick had been thrown. Josh
jumped out of the car, grabbed the kid and pushed him up against a parked car.
He shouted at the kid, "What was that all about and who are you? Just what
the heck are you doing?!" Building up a head of steam, he went on.
"Thatís my new Jag, that brick you threw is gonna cost you a lot of
money. Why did you throw it?"
"Please, mister, please...Iím sorry! I didnít know what else to
do!" pleaded the youngster. "I threw the brick because no one else
would stop!" Tears were dripping down the boyís chin as he pointed around
the parked car. "Itís my brother, mister," he said. "He rolled
off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I canít lift him up."
Sobbing, the boy asked the executive, "Would you please help me get him
back into his wheelchair? Heís hurt, and heís too heavy for me."
Moved beyond words, the young executive tried desperately to swallow the rapidly
swelling lump in his throat. Straining, he lifted the young man back into the
wheelchair, then took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts,
checking to see that everything was going to be OK. He then watched the younger
brother push him down the sidewalk toward their home.
It was a long walk back to the sleek, black, shining, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKEóa
long and slow walk. Josh never did fix the side door of his Jaguar. He kept the
dent to remind him not to go through life so fast that Someone has to throw a
brick at him to get his attention...
Some bricks are softer than others are. Feel for the bricks of life coming at to
you. For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has positive
You say: "Itís impossible"
God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)
You say: "Iím too tired"
God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you (John 3:16 & John 13:34)
You say: "I canít go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: "I canít figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)
You say: "I canít do it"
God says: You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)
You say: "Iím not able"
God says: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)
You say: "Itís not worth it"
God says: It will be worth it (Roman 8:28)
You say: "I canít forgive myself"
God says: I FORGIVE YOU (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: "I canít manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)
You say: "Iím afraid"
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)
You say: "Iím always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)
You say: "I donít have enough faith"
God says: Iíve given everyone a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)
You say: "Iím not smart enough"
God says: I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)
You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)