Unto The Least

I eyed him from where Jerry and I sat. Before we selected our booth, the clerk had called our number, we took our food, and at the soda dispenser dumped ice and Diet Coke into the white Styrofoam cups we had been given. We selected salsa for our rolled tacos. The man came in after we had begun eating.

He was youngish, dark haired, rather fair of skin; altogether not a bad looking man. His clothes were nondescript jeans and some kind of a plaid shirt. I think he wore a jacket—a dingy colored jacket. He ordered at the counter, paced as he waited, then when he was handed his food—looked like a to-go order, for it was wrapped up in a brown paper bag—he handed over a bill. The clerk gave back change and the man stuck the coins in his pocket. At the dispenser, he filled his Styrofoam cup and headed for the entrance of the café.

He was nearing the door, walking in front of the counter near the cash register, when suddenly, I saw him stop. He gazed at the picture that was propped there—the picture of a little girl, a missing girl. A plastic container was attached to the paper where was printed the image of the abducted child. He stared, set down his food and began digging in his pockets. I heard the sound of coins as they clicked into the plastic container. He reclaimed his food, went easily through the door and climbed into his truck—a red 18 wheeler.

There are many ways to serve God.

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”


Matthew 25:40













About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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6 Responses to Unto The Least

  1. writeathome says:

    Although the “little things” often go unnoticed by most, I’m glad that God sees them all.
    Love you!

  2. Shirley says:

    Good morning, Carol.

    Yes, God does see the small things, and Scripture is clear that when we minister to people–no matter their status–we are ministering to Jesus.

    The lesson for us here, I believe, is that we not wait until we are able to perform what might seem to be a highly significant action, but be aware always of the opportunity to serve mankind…and when we do so, we definitely are serving God. Neat, isn’t it.

  3. helenl says:

    “. . . to serve mankind…and when we do so, we definitely are serving God.” Amen.

  4. kikikaria says:

    Little is much when God is in it! Good to see your new blog!


  5. iluv2prshim says:

    Amen! Not only did God notice but this man inspired you as well and in return all of us who have read this post today. Isn’t it amazing how “doing unto the least of these” continues on and on….? Who knows where this story will end and who else it will inspire to give?

  6. Shirley says:

    Good morning, everybody.

    Helen, it continues to amaze me what blessing and joy there is in doing the right thing. God’s Word is true and when He says we serve Him by serving others, it must be so. God is so kind to us, and makes it easy to do the right thing.

    Karen, thanks for being here and for your remarks concerning doing the little things. I’m grateful that so much value can come from such, for, truth be told, that’s pretty much the extent of my abilities.

    Ronda, yes you are so right that our works interconnect and bless each other. Every day I am amazed and grateful to have even been born, and certainly to know God and to have an understanding of His principles—probably only a slight understanding of His ways and of His people—but I continue to trudge along. Thanks for being here.

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