Jul. 27, 2017

A Menial Task

One day, a friend of mine, Glenda, sent me a text saying there was something wrong with her dog, Dee-Dee. She’s not able to get around very well so she asked me if I would come over and check on her. Unfortunately, the answer was no. I was in Myrtle Beach at the time the message came through.

She called me right away. “When will you be back?” she asked with worry in her voice.

“I don’t know, we just got here,” I answered. She had called her son, but he wasn’t able to leave work and come home. Like many times before, I heard a little voice in my head offering a suggestion and so I told her, “I’ll call you back.”

I sent a text message to another friend of mine, Sheldon Butts, and told him my friend Glenda was in distress, needed help, and would he please go over there and check on her as I was in Myrtle Beach.

“No problem,” he answered right away. “I’ll be there in 10 minutes.”

I sent Glenda a message and told her help was on the way. About thirty minutes later, Sheldon text back that the deed had been done and he was glad to do it. I called Glenda back after I received the text.

“Is everything okay now?” I asked.

“Yes, it’s fine now. Dee-Dee had diarrhea that’s why she was acting so funny.” With a laugh she added, “I didn’t know you were sending the city councilman over. I felt out of sorts with Sheldon walking my dog. I wasn’t sure how to feel about that.”

I assured her that Sheldon was fine with walking her dog. After I hung up I thought about it. How often is it that you can call a city councilman and asked him to check on a friend, or ask him to walk the dog, or do anything that most feel is beneath them?

I reminded myself about Sheldon Butts and how he projects himself. With Sheldon, he’s a wholesome Christian and he shows with his actions, not just his words. Instead, with him, it’s not about gender, race, or political beliefs: it’s about being a Christian, being a part of a community, and helping one another in their time of need.

It truly touched my heart that Sheldon did that for Glenda. There are no words that can express my heartfelt gratitude. Thank you Sheldon for being you. I love you dearly for that.