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Topic: GENEROUS (10/31/19)
- TITLE: Wheeling Through Walmart
By Barbara Lynn Culler
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Iâ€™m widowed, in my 70s, and live alone with my chihuahua in the house that I was raised in. I still drive short distances, but getting myself and my walker in and out of my Toyota causes even more pain. I do the best I can to survive and appreciate it when friends offer help. Tamika is one such person who frequently helps in different ways. We met through a mutual club we belong to, and she is always willing to go the extra mile.
I donâ€™t usually ask for help unless Iâ€™m in real need, yet every month, Tamika offers to take me grocery shopping at Walmart. She knows how hard it is for me shop on my own, hoping to get an available mobility scooter, and then asking fellow shoppers to reach items on the shelves. So when she offers to take me, Iâ€™m thrilled. She enjoys helping others; referring to it as her ministry.
She doesnâ€™t just taxi me there and back. Tamika follows along with the shopping cart, and reaches all the items not at eye level. When finished shopping, she heaps the purchases onto the conveyer, then places the full bags back into the cart. After the groceries are loaded in her car, she returns the scooter. Tamika hauls in the groceries and puts the perishable items in the fridge while I collapse onto my recliner. By then, Iâ€™m in so much pain, I cannot move another step. (After a long rest, I put away the remainder; I still have my independence, you know!)
Oh, did I mention that before we go to Walmart, Tamika drives the opposite direction to my pharmacy so that I can pick up a refill? When alone, I park a distance away, drag myself all the way in to get my prescription, stand in line, and plod back out to my car. By then, my body is one big throbbing mess. When Tamika helps, I get door to door service, and the pain is not as bad.
I try to be independent, but oh, how the help is appreciated! Tamika does all this cheerfully, and declines money for gas, though she accepts a fast-food lunch. She lives her Christian walk â€” treating me with dignity and respect while assisting me to live on my own. Tamika willingly spends her time and energy helping me and Iâ€™m so blessed having her in my life.
She even loves on my little dog!
â€œEach of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of Godâ€™s grace in its various forms.â€ 1 Peter 4:10 NIV
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