About two years ago we had a massive yard sale to raise money for a team to go to Cuba. We had several big ticket items, one of which was a guitar. An older gentleman wondered onto the lawn and inquired about the guitar. Paul quoted him a price and somewhere in the process Cuba came up. Being a good yard sale bargain hunter, the man asked for a lower price. After a few minutes of going back and forth Paul finally agreed to the lower price.
Fast forward to this past Saturday. Our friends, Chase and Kelley Lambert, had a HUGE yard sale at our house to help get the last little bit they need for their adoptions. When I arrived back from a meeting and getting my hairs did (thanks Lauren) Kelley came up and told me about something that had happened while I was away.
A gentleman approached Kelley and told her that two years ago he came to a yard sale at this house and purchased a guitar. He had known that the money was going to a mission trip to Cuba but he had still haggled the price. He told her he for two years he has carried around the guilt of that. He handed her a ten dollar bill and asked that she give it to the people who own the house. A minute or two later he asked Kelley for the ten dollars back and gave her a twenty. Ten was to go to us and ten to Kelley and Chase for the adoptions.
Two years that man carried around guilt. Two whole years. To me, it is amazing that he acted on it so long after the event occurred when he could have dismissed it and moved on with life. I hope his conscience is resting easy now. I hope his guilt is gone. I hope in hearing about a mission trip to Cuba and a couple trying desperately to bring their children home from Africa he has seen a glimpse of the gospel being lived out.
This story is a great reminder to me that it is never too late to make good on something. It is never too late to mend a broken bridge. It is never too late to say “I’m sorry.” It is never too late to forgive or ask for forgiveness. It is never too late to get up and do that thing that you’ve always wanted to do. It is never to late to seek answers. It is never too late…for anything…ever.