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  • One does not require a belief in a deity (or demon) to be generous in nature and compassionate towards their fellow kind.

    I would also argue that the most effective and altruistic sacrifices one can make for another are not monetary based.

    August 20, 2011 at 9:09 a.m.
  • I posted my last comment at 6:10 pm yesterday. At 6:30 pm, I decided to head towards town to get something to eat. Just down the road from me, I passed five African-American guys walking down the highway. One of them waved at me so I waved back and kept driving. Then it occurred to me that they may (and probably do) need help, so I turned around and went back.

    Sure enough, they had run out of fuel so I drove back to the house to get a gas can. I have never witnessed such thankfulness as what came from these guys. When we pulled up to the minivan they were driving, I noticed that the license plates said "Mississippi". "Mississippi! You guys are a long way from home!" "Yes, sir", one of them replied. "We're here working on a gas pipeline."

    When they were ready to go, a tall young man introduced himself. "Sir, my name is John Wells" he said and tried to hand me $20. "Nope. You send that $20 to your family back home and remember this incident when you see someone in the same position. That's all I ask."

    I then got five firm handshakes and five huge genuine smiles.

    Could it be that God had me write the previous post so that I would be reminded? Funny how it works that way.

    August 20, 2011 at 8:01 a.m.
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    August 19, 2011 at 8:49 p.m.
  • Pastor Andrew,

    I agree with your entire statement, but perhaps it seems to exclude other gifts besides those of monetary value.

    For example, a person who is on the way to a job interview sees a person stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire and stops to help an elderly lady with nobody to call. So, this person smiles and says to himself or herself, "Thank you God for allowing me to do this. I know this happened for a reason!" and proceeds to change the tire, forfeiting any chance at getting this new potential job. The lady attempts to pay something, but it's declined and they part ways.

    However, this person is of faith and also can be held to his word, so afterwards he or she goes to the job interview and humbly explains their horrible appearance, and the circumstances. The interviewer thinks, "Hmm, I wish all my employees had that much moral fortitude!" "You're hired, when can you start?"

    I guess my point is that God sometimes tells us what to do without our even asking, and gives back tenfold, whether it be a job, a "close call" or a miracle. The whole key, in my opinion, is to be able to listen and recognize those commands instead of shaking them off as "crazy thoughts".

    Also, the return can be as simple as a genuine smile from a grandchild or sibling, or even a stranger. That sure beats frowning all the time, which actually hurts. Smiles save lives.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:10 p.m.