The Big Diehl

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26 Nov

No Bell-ringer.

Posted in Devotional Blog, Mentoring on 11-26-06

I was walking into Wal-Mart today. As I was, I observed a father with two children in his shopping cart walk right past the Salvation Army donation bucket. There was no attendant at the bucket; no bell ringer. I heard the child say something. The father promptly stopped, backed back up several steps to the donation bucket, and told his small child, “You’re right! You’re absolutely right! We do need to put something in here.” He pulled out a few bills from his wallet. As he did, I heard him continue to teach his children, “Do you know why we need to do this? . . . ”

At that point I had entered the store and couldn’t have watched any more of the interaction without being rude. But I can only imagine that the father taught his children a valuable message about caring for others in need.

Those who God has blessed are blessed with the purpose of being a blessing to everyone else. Our blessings from God are for everyone else. It’s our job to take the blessing we have received and give it to those who have not. I’m not just speaking about money.

If you are a great swimmer – teach someone how to swim.
If you are blessed with a musical gift – use it at church.
If you have great thoughts – blog.
If you have the ability to smile – do it more often.

We are blessed to be a blessing!