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Topic: GENEROUS (10/31/19)
TITLE: The Rewards of a Single Act of Obedience
By Laurie Staples
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My husband, Bob, and I were talking about obeying that still small voice. We were reminded of a time when he did listen, and the blessings that followed.
On Bobs way to work one day, he stopped by McDonalds for a coffee. Some woman, in an old battered car, made a left turn right in front of him, forcing him to slam on his brakes.
He pulled up into the parking space beside her, thought about telling her she needed to pay a little more attention on the road. But as he watched her get out of her car he felt a wave of sympathy for her instead and jumped out and held the door open for her.
He stepped into line behind her and felt prompted to pay for her breakfast.
When it was her time to order, she began, Ill take ten egg, cheese, and sausage biscuits, five breakfast burritos..."
Good grief! Maybe hed imagined the prompting. No, he thought, regardless of the cost, his gut told him he was meant to pick up the tab, and he did.
The woman was so overwhelmed she started crying. She shared with him that Her mother was dying and a slew of family members had shown up for breakfast. They were down to their last twenty dollars. He couldnt possibly know how much his generosity meant to her.
Bob asked if she would mind if he prayed with her. Right there and then!!!In the midst of a throng of customers in line to order.
By the end of the prayer, Bob had tears in his eyes, too. They hugged goodbye and Bob drove to work filled with joy, so thankful hed obeyed that still, small voice.
When he arrived at work, every employees card had been placed in a large bowl. They were going to pull out one card and give that person five hundred dollars. Whose card do you suppose they pulled out?
As Bob relayed the story to me, he wanted me to understand that the deepest joy came from the giving, the blessing of obedience. Winning the money was just icing on the cake.
How often have we missed out on the joy of obedience because its out of our comfort zone or it's not convenient?
How often have we passed up a chance to show a watching world that we believe we are here to make a difference. We wont know until weve entered into eternity how many lives weve touched with a single act of obedience.
"Only one life will soon be past only whats done for Christ will last."
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