Know Anyone Who Needs A Push?

Dave McNally, in his neat book “Even Eagles Need a Push,” tells about a man that is in bed with his wife when there is knocking on the door. He rolls over and looks at his clock. It’s 3:30 AM.

“I’m not getting out of bed at this time,” he thinks, and rolls over. Then, a louder knock follows. “Aren’t you going to answer that?” says his wife.

So he drags himself out of bed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there stands a man that the homeowner quickly realizes is drunk.

“Hi there,” slurs the stranger, “Can you give me a push?”

“No, get lost!  It’s 3:30 in the morning! I was in bed,” says the man and slams the door.

He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened and she says “Dave, that wasn’t very nice of you. Remember that night we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the baby-sitter?  And you stopped at that man’s house and asked him to get us started again? What would have happened if he’d told us to get lost?” 

“But the guy was drunk,” says the husband.

“It doesn’t matter,” says the wife. “He needs our help and it would be the Christian thing to help him.”

So the husband gets out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere he shouts, “Hey, do you still want a push?” and he hears a voice cry out, “Yeah, please!”

Still being unable to see the stranger, he shouts: “Where are you?” The stranger replies: “I’m over here…….sitting on your swing!”

There are times we all need a little push from someone else.  Paul exhorts in  1 Thessalonians 5:14-15.  “And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” 

Know anyone who needs a push?  The idle? The timid? The weak? The hurting? The sick? The bereaved? The terminally ill? The unfaithful? 

And what should be our attitude?  Patience.  Kindness. Tenderness. Forbearance.  Longsuffering. Forgiveness. Compassion. 

Look for someone today that you can give a push! 

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


Filed under Encouragement

4 responses to “Know Anyone Who Needs A Push?

  1. Betty Rhodes

    Now that is funny! Makes a good point though.
    Hope you all arrived safe and sound. Sorry I did not get to see you more while you were in Columbia. Have been under the weather plus my Aunt and Uncle were visiting.


  2. Ken Green

    Good one! Reminds me of the time I was traveling after a meeting and I knocked on Gerry Sandusky’s door an 1 am or so. Except, it wasn’t his door, but his next-door neighbor’s.


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