A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood
street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. 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 children appeared.
Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! He slammed on the
brakes and spun the Jag back to the spot from where the brick had
been thrown. He jumped out of the car, grabbed some kid and pushed
him up against a parked car shouting, "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. "That's a new car and that brick you threw is going
to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?" "Please, mister, please. I'm sorry,
I didn't know what else to do," pleaded the youngster. "I threw the brick
because no one else would stop..." Tears were dripping down the boy's chin
as he pointed around the parked car. "It's my brother," he said. "He rolled
off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up." Sobbing,
the boy asked the executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his
wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me." Moved beyond words, the
driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He lifted
the young man back into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped
the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be okay.
"Thank you and may God bless you," the grateful child said to him. The man
then watched the little boy push his brother down the sidewalk toward their home.
It was a long walk back to his jaguar...a long, slow walk. He never did repair the
side door. He kept the dent to remind him not to go through life so fast that someone
has to throw a brick at you to get your attention. God whispers in your soul and speaks
to your heart. Sometimes when you don't have time to listen, He has to throw a
brick at you. It's your choice: Listen to the whisper -- or wait for the brick.
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