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Planting Seeds

Every once in awhile I run across a story that touches my heart and I can sense it’s more than just for me but is worthy to be shared.  It’s not necessarily Jesus oriented but certainly contains the character that Christ wishes us to emulate, so for that reason I thought I’d pass this story along for you to enjoy and think about what kinds of seeds we are planting in our lives, and what sort of harvest we will reap.  Hope you like it!

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Planting SeedsGood morning said a woman as she walked up to the man sitting on the ground.   The man slowly looked up.
This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new.. She looked like she had never missed…a meal in her life.
His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.. “Leave me alone,” he growled….
To his amazement, the woman continued standing.   She was smiling — her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. “Are you hungry?” she asked.
“No,” he answered sarcastically. “I’ve just come from dining with the president. Now go away.”
The woman’s smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm.   “What are you doing, lady?” the man asked angrily. “I said to leave me alone.
Just then a policeman came up. “Is there any problem, ma’am?” he asked..

“No problem here, officer,” the woman answered. “I’m just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?”
The officer scratched his head. “That’s old Jack. He’s been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?”
“See that cafeteria over there?” she asked. “I’m going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile.”
“Are you crazy, lady?” the homeless man resisted. “I don’t want to go in there!” Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up. “Let me go, officer. I didn’t do anything.”
“This is a good deal for you, Jack” the officer answered. “Don’t blow it..”
Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived…
The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table. “What’s going on here, officer?” he asked. “What is all this, is this man in trouble?”
“This lady brought this man in here to be fed,” the policeman answered.
“Not in here!” the manager replied angrily. “Having a person like that here is bad for business..”
Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. “See, lady. I told you so. Now if you’ll let me go. I didn’t want to come here in the first place.”
The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled……. “Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?”
“Of course I am,” the manager answered impatiently. “They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms.”
“And do you make a godly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?”
“What business is that of yours?”
I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company.”
“Oh.”
The woman smiled again. “I thought that might make a difference.” She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle. “Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?”
“No thanks, ma’am,” the officer replied. “I’m on duty.”
“Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?”
“Yes, ma’am. That would be very nice.”
The cafeteria manager turned on his heel, “I’ll get your coffee for you right away, officer.”
The officer watched him walk away. “You certainly put him in his place,” he said.
“That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this.”
She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently.. “Jack, do you remember me?”
Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. “I think so — I mean you do look familiar.”
“I’m a little older perhaps,” she said. “Maybe I’ve even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry.”
“Ma’am?” the officer said questioningly. He couldn’t believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.
“I was just out of college,” the woman began. “I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn’t find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat.”
Jack lit up with a smile. “Now I remember,” he said.. “I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy.”
“I know,” the woman continued. “Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble… Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right.”
“So you started your own business?” Old Jack said.
“I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered.” She opened her purse and pulled out a business card.. “When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons…He’s the personnel director of my company. I’ll go talk to him now and I’m certain he’ll find something for you to do around the office.” She smiled. “I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet… If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you.”
There were tears in the old man’s eyes. “How can I ever thank you?” he said.
“Don’t thank me,” the woman answered. “To God goes the glory. Thank Jesus…… He led me to you.”
Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways….
“Thank you for all your help, officer,” she said.
“On the contrary, Ms. Eddy,” he answered. “Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And.. And thank you for the coffee.”

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We never know what will happen when we “pay it forward”, but if we don’t, nothing will.  Take a chance, do something nice for someone.  Be assured, God will see even if no one else does, and He will make sure your kindnesses will be rewarded when you least expect it.

Please share this story with those you care about….and even those you may not.  You never know what God will do.

We are kings and priests for Jesus–Get your clothes on!! (Rev. 5:10)

Do I have your attention yet?

I have recently been reminded of the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes, one of my childhood favorites by Hans Christian Anderson, that I read in the Classics Illustrated Junior comic books.  The complete story can be found here:

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The story revolves around a “king” who loves clothes more than anything else and has, basically, a change of clothes for every hour of the day!  Two con men show up to steal from the king and embarrass him at the same time by telling him they are fabulous tailors who can make him a suit of magical cloth that only the most intelligent and worthy people in his kingdom can see.

After a long enough period of time has elapsed and he can no longer stand the suspense, he sends his most trusted advisors, one at a time, to view the tailors’ shop with all the looms and threads and materials he has amply supplied to get their assessment of the cloth they are making for him.  They of course can see nothing, as there is nothing to see, but they carry on a charade so that the emperor will not consider them stupid and they lose their jobs.

Is the enemy mocking us?

Before long, the suspense is killing him and the Emperor can no longer stay away.  So, with his advisors in tow, he goes to see for himself.  The tailors apparently were marvelous mimes as they moved around the looms and the tools of their “trade” as if there really was something to be working on.   They all made over the fabric as if it were the most magnificent cloth in the world.  The colors and patterns were fit for a king!  Of course, the king couldn’t see anything, and was now questioning his ability to rule his kingdom.

The time came for the Emperor to reveal the new clothes that the entire kingdom had been buzzing about for weeks.  The tailors, with great pomp and circumstance, assisted him in getting undressed and then “dressed” in his new “duds” and off they went to show off the kingly apparel in a parade down the main street of the local town.  Everyone was aghast at what they saw, or didn’t see, but only a small child would say the truth that everyone else was thinking: “The Emperor hasn’t got any clothes on!”

The “moral of the story”, if you will, is that there’s a whole lot of deception and pride goin’ on here!  The king let two complete strangers feed him a pack of lies which appealed to his prideful self and before long the entire government had bought into the lies so they could keep their positions of power.  Finally, it took a child to tell them all the truth!

How many of us are running around naked and what lies have we bought into to keep us from putting our clothes on?

“Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives).  [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and  mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].

Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].

And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].”  Colossians 3: 12-14 The Amplified Version  (underlining is mine, for emphasis)

Wow!  When I read this the other day, I immediately thought of you and that I had to share this encouraging message from the Lord.

My bad behavior messes look like this I’ll bet!

My behavior has definitely not always been what it should be and I have a sneaky feeling I may not be the only one in that “boat”.  But I do want to encourage you and me too, especially if you have a relationship with the Lord, (but even if you don’t, this is a good word for you too), that we need to “put on” right behavior.  Be purposeful, diligent as best you can, to do the right things.  Think about what behaviors you have allowed yourself to commit.  Are they good for you, or are they ultimately hurtful?  Do they benefit others, or are you being selfish and self centered?  Are we really loving others or are our motives selfish?

You can do this, I know you can!  Together, we can change our piece of the world for the better, one behavior at a time!

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