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Topic: Rich (04/26/12)
TITLE: Priorities Set Straight
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By Connie Vigil
Sam had no idea where he was going. He was supposed to be headed into work, but his mind was on other things. Sam lives the American dream…wonderful wife, house, and three beautiful children. They were, however, struggling financially to make ends meet. Sam felt trapped and guilty at the same time. His career paid the bare minimum each month of the bills. The kids were still small so it was not feasible for his wife to work. Sam was wondering how it came to this. Where his priorities not in the proper order? What was God trying to tell him this morning and where was he supposed to go if it was not into work?
Sam drove around for about 45 minutes before he approached a corner street and stopped at a red light. There was a homeless man pacing around holding a sign saying “will work for food, God bless”. Sam got a tug on his heart. He pulled up to the man and hit the button to roll down the passenger window. “He man, are you hungry? Get in and we will go get some breakfast.” The homeless man seemed hesitant at first then he jumped in the car. He thanked Sam for his selflessness and continued to tell Sam his story. Sam listened with an aching heart. This man lost everything. He was a Vietnam veteran and just could not hold down jobs or get much assistance from the government. The more Sam listened to his story, the more blessed he felt in his own life. They went to Sam’s favorite diner and had breakfast. Over breakfast Sam told the homeless man all about his family. The man thanked Sam as they were headed back out to the car and told him that he was richly blessed by his generosity. The homeless man told Sam that he was not financially blessed with a job but sure would keep looking. Sam had also shared with him about God and how he has a plan for each and every life. The man agreed and they prayed together. Then parting ways, Sam watched him from his car as the homeless man headed walking down the street until he could not see him anymore. Sam decided it was time for him to go into work. Two hours late probably would not make much of a difference since he was the senior pastor of his church. After having breakfast with the homeless man, Sam realized he was not wealthy by any means but he was rich spiritually and blessed in Christ and that is all that mattered. He asked God to forgive him of his greediness he faced earlier and thanked him for leading him to the homeless man. It gave him perspective in his own life and realized as long as he did the job God prepared him to do then everything else would fall into place. Oh how right God was!
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