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Topic: Volunteer (11/23/06)
TITLE: The Hidden Power Behind Iced Tea
By william price
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I sure hope I can do this.
Brian was on his way to the Waterfront Mission in the heart of the city. His friend Paul had set him up as a volunteer there for a day. The introverted college student was told by his friend that becoming a minister was more than book knowledge. He needed to get out and experience God‘s Word in action.
This is going to be fun.
At the mission, Brian was introduced to the kitchen manager, a large bearded man.
“You must be Brian. Pleased to met you. I’m Hank.”
“Hello, Hank. Where’s Paul?”
“He called and said he couldn’t make it.”
“Did he say why? This was his idea.”
“He just said he’d see you later. You ready? It’s almost lunch.”
“Sure, why not?”
Hank led Brian to the soup line and showed him how to dish the lunch into the food trays for the residents and visitors.
“Do you think you got it?” Hank asked with a big smile that even his beard couldn’t hide.
“No problem, sir.”
The first partaker of the free lunch was a filthy looking, frail man who walked with a cane. His breath was extremely bad and he made sure he spoke right into Brain’s face.
“This vegetable soup again?”
“Well, sir…“ Brian had to turn his head for a breath of fresh air. “I don’t know what you had yesterday, but yes, it’s vegetable soup.”
“Yesterday! You’ve fed us the same soup all week.”
“Have a blessed day, sir. God loves you.”
“I’m sure He does. That’s why He serves me vegetable soup everyday. And are you just gonna stand there, or are you going to help me carry my food to a table? How many hands you think I got?”
“Sorry, sir. Yes, sir.”
Brian carried the man’s lunch to a table. By that time though, the lunch line had gotten long.
“Hey, who’s running the show up here?” yelled one voice.
“Come on, boy. I’m hungry. That little breakfast you guys fed us wasn’t enough for a pigeon,” complained another.
Brian made his way back to the serving line where he dodged insult after ungrateful insult. The last man he served threw soup all over Brian’s shirt and stormed out screaming.
“This isn’t fit for pigs.”
The young college student stood stunned as vegetable soup dripped from his clothes. He eventually grabbed some paper towels to wipe himself off.
This is fun.
While Brian cleaned up the lunch line, a thin looking, long-haired young man in sunglasses walked up with an old 32 ounce convenience store cup.
“Hey, how bout fillin’ this up with some tea?”
“Sir, I’m not supposed to give refills, but I’ll fill it half way.” Brian poured some iced tea into the man‘s cup.
“A half a cup! How cheap are you? It’s just tea.” The man threw the drink back in Brian’s face.
Hmmm, I enjoyed that.
The long-haired tea-tosser laughed and took his sunglasses off. Hank and Paul came walking into the kitchen with big smiles.
“You should see yourself.” Paul walked up to his friend and put his arm around him.
Brian just stood there.
The man with the sunglasses extended his hand to Brian’s.
“I don’t know if you ever heard of me, but I’m Brandon Gilmore. I host a Christian hidden camera T.V. show and you’ve just been checked.”
“Checked?” Brian‘s face was red.
“Yes, that’s the name of the show.”
“Checked,” Brian repeated louder and pounded the counter with his fist.
Paul’s smile disappeared.
“Checked! I’ll show you checked.”
Brian leaped over the counter, knocked Mr. Gilmore to the floor and started to choke him.
“What’s wrong with you, Brian? It’s just a joke.” Paul’s face was ashen.
Brian and Mr. Gilmore started to laugh and rolled over on their sides.
“What? What’s going on?”
Brian looked up at his friend with an enormous smile.
“Paul, you’ve just been double checked.”
Brian stood up and tried not to grin as he spoke to his shocked friend.
“Listen, Paul, I know all of this was good hearted humor and I’ll never forget this look on your face. But, I’m not happy because I pulled one over on you. This experience opened my eyes. Jesus used spit and mud to heal one blind man and iced tea and a practical joke with me. I’m going to start volunteering.”
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