- One night while we were on vacation my family was going to Wendy's for supper. There was some construction up ahead, so we had to go a different route. As we were driving up to Wendy's I saw a guy holding a sign that said "To broke to buy a pizza". We had passed a lot of guys holding a sign up, but I wondered what would happen if we offered him food instead of money. My family had done it before, someone is holding a sign saying they can't buy food and are asking for money. My parents offer them food, and the people say they don't want food, they want money. But what if this guy really was hungry. Were we going to just drive by him and one day when we are in Heaven the question would be asked. "Why didn't you feed me?" It couldn't hurt to offer him a burger, because at least we tried. I asked my dad if we could order him a burger, and we did. As we drove up to him my mom rolled the window down and said, "We got this for you." The man took the bag and said a big "Thank you!" to where we knew he meant it. It was one of the most rewarding moments. I am very thankful that we stopped to see if he wanted some food. It may have been his only meal that day. So next time you see someone on the side of the road, offer some food. Because you might just meet that person one day and get a great big thank you. Because it's not only the perfect time to demonstrate God's love, but to be a witness.
- God bless!
Monday, August 19, 2013
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Thursday, August 1, 2013
- “They begged and begged me, but I couldn’t give it to them,” said the man. “I know Christians are supposed to share, but I just couldn’t part with it.” He sadly held out his hand so that his listener could see his prized possession.
“I really wanted to, but I couldn’t. You see, people in North Korea told me that they have been praying for fifty years to get a Bible. But I didn’t give them mine because I had been praying for twenty years, and I had just gotten it from a pastor in South Korea.”
He sighed deeply as his mind went to the needy believers in North Korea desperately praying for one copy of the Bible. He hugged his Bible to his chest. He had escaped the Communist prison state and was now living freely in South Korea.
Bibles in North Korea are rare. Because of the opposition from the Communists, believers consider them more precious than gold. One man was beaten to death with an iron rod along the Chinese border when he was caught bringing Bibles into North Korea. Sadly, cases like this are reported over and over.
“I cannot forget those people,” he said with a sigh. “I cannot forget the look of envy on their faces when I showed them my Bible. I feel so bad for them.”
They serve as coasters for drinks or a handy spot to rest the remote control. Their sturdy covers help compose a letter on hotel stationery or catch the ashes falling from a cigarette. They listlessly adorn the coffee table, next to the caramel candy dish and the TV Guide. Although this book remains a best-seller year after year, no one seems to be reading it very much. It is the Bible. The Bible is abused and neglected outside of those places where its true value is known all too well. How differently we might treat our Bibles if we had to pray twenty years to get one! What can you do to revive your passion for God’s precious Word?
- from Extreme Devotion