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Those of us who are fortunate... #7420362
12/02/21 01:21 PM
12/02/21 01:21 PM
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I recently visited a friend that I had not seen for a long time who reached out in need of a small assist. I'm struggling a bit with how to convey this, so I'll get to the point and hopefully it comes across as intended...

If you find yourself in a position to help someone with a couple dollars or a better meal than they're used to, or even a listening ear, please just do it. It occurred to me how fortunate I was to even be in a position to help given my situation just a few years ago. There were a few meager, simple gestures of kindness (including a single cup of hot coffee) that stick with me to this day.

I may go to my grave regretting that I never managed a horseback elk hunt or a trip to Africa but I'm not sure how that would compare to the realization that, when I had the opportunity to genuinely help a friend or stranger via a minor inconvenience that I had chosen not to.

I am probably preaching to the choir given the caliber of folks I have spoken with on this site, but it hit me like a hammer today how seemingly insignificant things can be enormous and life changing to others. Be kind always, be generous when you can. Especially at this time of year.

To be clear, the little favor I did was so insignificant that it does not deserve a "good job" or any sort of back patting... but it occurred to me that the negative ramifications of ignoring this request could have been massively disproportionate to the cost to myself.

Thanks for listening


Just happy to be here.
Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: slydogx] #7420365
12/02/21 01:26 PM
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I appreciate you sharing this thought

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Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: Yes sir] #7420388
12/02/21 02:07 PM
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"If you put a quarter in your hand and squeeze it very tight you will never lose that quarter, but by not opening your hand you will never get another quarter either."

Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: slydogx] #7420392
12/02/21 02:19 PM
12/02/21 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Matthew 25:44-45
'LORD, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' 45"He will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: slydogx] #7420425
12/02/21 03:34 PM
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You just combined the meaning of Christmas and thanks giving together into one......jk


Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free. Whats supposed to be ain't always is.
Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: slydogx] #7420427
12/02/21 03:36 PM
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Nice !!!


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Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: slydogx] #7420439
12/02/21 03:57 PM
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You're a good man Slydog.

Many many people today are only concerned about what they can amass for themselves and to he-- with everyone else.

Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: slydogx] #7420446
12/02/21 03:58 PM
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Great advice. Sometimes little things can be life changing to the recipient.

Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: slydogx] #7420455
12/02/21 04:08 PM
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A kind word is sometimes a gift beyond measure. Thanks for reminding us that being kind enhances all slydogx


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Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: slydogx] #7420521
12/02/21 05:37 PM
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We keep all our spare cash in envelopes at the house…emergency money if you will. Well we (wife and I) had heard of someone in need. We were sitting around one evening and she said out of the blue I think we need to help so and so. I told her I was thinking of the exact same thing. She said how much, I said an envelope. She looked at me sorta funny and said, I was thinking the exact same thing. So we went and got an envelope, jumped in the truck and went and knocked on the door and handed them an envelope and told them Happy Thanksmas!

Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: Wanna Be] #7420523
12/02/21 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Wanna Be
We keep all our spare cash in envelopes at the house…emergency money if you will. Well we (wife and I) had heard of someone in need. We were sitting around one evening and she said out of the blue I think we need to help so and so. I told her I was thinking of the exact same thing. She said how much, I said an envelope. She looked at me sorta funny and said, I was thinking the exact same thing. So we went and got an envelope, jumped in the truck and went and knocked on the door and handed them an envelope and told them Happy Thanksmas!

Nice story.


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Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: slydogx] #7420593
12/02/21 07:22 PM
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A fella sleeps well going to bed "knowing " he helped wink

Last edited by bucksnbears; 12/02/21 07:52 PM.

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Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: slydogx] #7420602
12/02/21 07:28 PM
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One act of kindness can change the world for those in need. Thanks for the reminder as to give is always a blessing.

Chris


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Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: slydogx] #7420737
12/02/21 09:48 PM
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Money is not everything and for sure is like manure, you need to spread it around to make things grow. The happiest years of my life I had very little, best job I ever had which did not pay well but I enjoyed. I had a broke down old truck that I could fix if need be. A good dog for company and very few worries. Even then I gave to help others whether it was money or a helping hand. Always made me feel good helping out and when I couldn't sleep I counted blessing, not sheep.

Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: slydogx] #7420857
12/03/21 05:58 AM
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a good read , a good group of people on this site ,

Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: slydogx] #7420915
12/03/21 07:36 AM
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Nice story. I’m no Saint but I look for opportunities to help people. No better feeling in the world!


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Re: Those of us who are fortunate... [Re: slydogx] #7420937
12/03/21 08:19 AM
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Good post Slydogx,

I just presented on this theme of showing hospitality to strangers.

the flesh (Rom 8:7; Gal 5:17),
the world (Jn 1:10-11; Jas 4:4),
& Satan (Eph 2:2)
ALL conspire to oppose giving hospitality to persons made by God in His image.

Welcoming the stranger - ger… is the most often repeated commandment in the Hebrew Scriptures, with the exception of the imperative to worship only the one God, continuing into the New Testament with prescriptive passages about being hospitable to a stranger – philoxenia, in brotherly love (Rom 12:10); as some may be angels (Heb 13:1), or Christ Himself (Matt 25:35,40).

You can't pull it off under your own strength, with all that is set against you, so many of the comments on this post indicate the Spirit being in action in people's hearts.
And we smile at these stories.
May He lead us all often during this blessed Advent season.

Blessings,
Mark


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