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5 Bucks
by Jeff Baldwin
03/08/03
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5 Bucks

My windshield wipers began making that noise again. You know, “THE NOISE” that runs a close second to scrapping your nails across a chalkboard. Most guys, including myself, cannot understand why a windshield wiper can’t last 5 to 10 years. I mean, it is the 21 century for Pete sake!

As I was leaving Auto Zone, with my new windshield wipers, I notice the cashier only rung up one wiper, instead of two. My flesh said, “you spend enough here, go on!” The Angel on the other shoulder said, “Remember, in Hebrews the great cloud of witnesses?” I did the incontinent honest thing, turned around, and told the cashier his mistake….Stay with me…. I was getting back into my truck and out of nowhere a car slammed on his breaks right next to me. A man said from his car, I haven’t eaten in three days, I’m cold, my kidneys are failing, and my wife left me for another man. I don’t want money, just something to eat! Your first thought as mine was, yea right!! Where ya hiding the bottle?

This was different I sensed. Ever heard the saying, Esse quam videri – To be, rather than to appear! We as Christian are good at appearing, but lousy on the BE part. After filling his tank and feeding him and befriending him ...He repented of his sin in the gas station parking lot, and became “Born Again” as (John 3:3 & Romans 10:9 declares.)

Let’s bring it home…If I didn’t go back into Auto Zone, and come out 15 minutes later, I don’t know if the angels would've rejoiced over a new member. See, our little integrity issues are God's way of using us! Just ask Ananias & Sapphira if a little money doesn't matter to God! (Acts 5) The bible states, watch your life and your doctrine closely, that you might save others. Paraphrasing. God doesn’t use dirty cups to drink out of friend! If you’re failing with $5 dollar windshield wipers, how can He trust you with a soul that’s priceless? Little foxes spoil the vine friend.

Are the things your living for, worth Christ dieing for? You are the apple of His eye; let's let Him use us! Amen


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Dennis Eldred 04 Jun 2003
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