“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
After church yesterday, I stopped by a health-food store to pick up a couple items. By then, my breakfast had worn off, so I grabbed an energy bar to eat on the way home. However, when I exited the store, I saw a man playing a guitar on the corner. Although the sun was out, the temperature was in the low thirties. I wondered how his fingers could move in the cold.
And then I remembered the pastor’s sermon – and how he said one of the secrets of contentment is to be generous. My taste buds were primed for an energy bar I hadn’t tried before, but I knew I could go home to a warm house and a full refrigerator. I put my purchases in the car, drove to the corner and rolled down my window.
The man walked over, and I said, “I don’t have any cash, but here’s an energy bar.”
He took the bar and appeared to read the front and the back before asking, “Is this GMO-free?”
A bit miffed, I said, “I don’t know, but I just bought it at that health-food store.”
He glanced at the store, looked at me, looked at the bar, and finally said, “Thank you.”
At that point, the car behind me honked, and I drove away.
Now, before you get to up in arms over the musician’s response, I have to tell you I’ve done the exact same thing. Years ago, when both my husband and I were unemployed and I was pregnant with our third child, a gracious group of individuals got together and collected canned food for us. That act of kindness was such a thoughtful, generous gesture on their part; however, even way back then, I preferred to feed my family fresh food rather than boxed or canned.
Although I don’t remember my exact response (probably ‘cause I don’t want to remember), I’m sure I was less than grateful or enthusiastic in my response. Yet, that food got us through some hard times. In addition, we were able to give some of our new-found abundance to another family in need.
I’m years late in saying this, but to those of you who sacrificed from your own budgets to share sustenance with us – you know who you are – thank you for loving us and caring for us and for blessing us with your friendship. I’m grateful you didn’t “unfriend” me. 🙂
“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” (I Timothy 4:4-5 NIV)
I pray you and yours, and the man on the corner, have a marvelous Thanksgiving Day celebrating God’s abundant, over-the-top goodness to us! Becky
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