So I have to ask, what did you get in your shoe? Me? Let me steal a quote from Charlie Brown…”I got a rock”. Actually, I didn’t and I didn’t realize the gift God gave me until just now as I started typing today’s post. Yesterday turned out to be a great day all around. I started early in the morning by posting on this blog; I dipped into my rat hole (what some men refer to as their secret savings in their sock drawer) and handed out a little cash into the “shoes” of all who live in my house…I gave them each a dollar to share on lunch with a friend. Does that sound like enough? Cleaned up and took off for work around 4 AM. Stopped at the grocery store and bought 4 boxes of Little Debbies (Star Crunch, Nutty Butty Bars, Swiss Cake Rolls and everyone’s favorite – Oatmeal Pies). Got to work and put a Little Debbie on everyone’s desk. It’s amazing how something as “little” as a Little Debbie can bring a smile to someone’s face. The other thing that happened that was fun to watch was people in the office trading with others to get their favorite Little Debbie – it was like being back in grade school. My vice-president made the comment that he’d have given up a “snack-pack” to get the Nutty Butty Bar he ended up with (trading our Comptroller a Swiss Cake Roll to get it). After that “excitement” had worn off, I was back into the routine of hitting another deadline with a bid due by 9 AM. While working on that bid, I believe God gave me an unexpected gift. The VP walked into my office and closed the door behind him. He then asked if I had a minute, he needed to talk to me. I’ve not had good experiences when VP’s come into my office, close the door and ask if I have a minute. Matter of fact – I’ve been released from two previous employers like that. That didn’t happen yesterday – phew. He wanted to talk about how things were going with work, that he appreciated me working there and ended the conversation by giving me an increase in my salary. I immediately looked at my office door to see if I had really put a shoe out in the hallway!!!
One might think, hey, that’s a great story, great day. But, thanks to the goodness of the Lord, the day got even better. One of my previous jobs where my VP came in and closed the door behind him (and I ended up losing my job) was when I was with Kaiser Electric. I loved working at Kaiser and it was the second time in my career that I had been fired. My first goes way back to when I was 16 and got fired from a Target store. Anyway, I made some really good friends at Kaiser Electric and have maintained those relationships since leaving there. We all found time in our busy schedules to get together yesterday for lunch and had a great time talking about family, friends, politics, religion, sports. These are really good men and I’ve been blessed to not only work with them, but call them friends too.
Good day, huh. Got even better. I got to watch my daughter play for third place in their high school tournament. Sarah and I get a lot of joy having watched not just Teresa, but all of our kids compete in a variety of sports through grade school, high school and a couple of them in college. Again, thanks be to God for that blessing.
And to top the day off, I’ve always had a tradition that when I get a raise at work, I take the family out to dinner that night; it was great to do this a second time after 30 years in the business 🙂 . So I topped off a great day with my wife, my daughter Teresa and a couple of new friends, Chris and Lisa (I know, I know, another Chris in my ring of friends) with stuffed mushrooms and potato soup at the Corner Pub.
That, my friends, was a great day. The purpose of this post is not to brag about how great my life is but I want to get across the importance of giving. I will be the first to tell you that God has enriched my life with many good things but I make an effort to give as much as I can. Yesterday, just handing out simple gifts to my family and co-workers, God returned those blessings to me. The point of this post this morning is to encourage all of you to give to others. It doesn’t have to be money. Give of your time, give of your talents, offer prayers for anyone in need of them. Give from your heart, give without the expectation of getting anything back but I will tell you, God always gives back. Always. When you give to someone else, you are giving to a person made in the image and likeness of our Creator, God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God always says thanks.
Do something great for our Lord today – give of your time, talent and/or treasure. Give from your heart. May God bless each and everyone of you today and always.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.