My daughter and I went to Walmart tonight to get some food. I was looking for sour cream and could not find it for the life of me. So I hovered around the yogurt isle when my daughter said “Dad look”. So I looked on the ground and there was a One Hundred Dollar Bill laying on the ground. So I quickly said “Well pick it up”. So she did. We were in a dilemma, I mean it’s a one hundred dollar bill and anyone in their right mind could say that it’s theirs. My daughter said “What are we gonna do dad? We should turn it in”. So I attempted to convince her and I that we should keep it since it’s cash. So We checked out and went to the car.
There sitting in my car I got a very convicting feeling in my heart. And I looked over at my daughter who was happily playing a game on my iPhone. I reflected on how I handled the situation and asked myself if this was the right decision. I mean, she will remember this day forever. The day we found The One Hundred Dollar Bill at Walmart and kept it. It didn’t settle right with me. So I called My wife. We struggled with the idea at first, but the more we talked about it the more we realized that we needed to make the hard decision to turn it in.
So my daughter and I walked back in Walmart and asked for the person in charge. While waiting for the store manager to arrive, I looked around at the people and thought “What if one of these people couldn’t feed their children tonight because I kept it”? So the manager came up and I explained the situation to him, stating that we are Christians and wanted to do the right thing. He had a very strange look on his face. Almost in shock but speechless. He stated that he will put it in the lost and found and if someone specifically asks for a One Hundred Dollar Bill then it has to be theirs. My daughter and I walked out of the store together and as I looked down at my daughter I was certain that she learned a very valuable lesson tonight, and so did I.
There will be many times in our lives where we will be forced to make a hard decision, the right decision. For ourselves, for our family’s, for our friends, for a stranger, and ultimately for Christ. After all it is about him, Right?
Please take a second and clear you mind. Imagine a life of poverty and hopelessness. You live in a grass hut with a dirt floor, eat maybe a bowl of rice every day and drink dirty water. You are infected with HIV/AIDS and can feel your body slowly dying. Though you are 8 years old you work as a servant, an unpaid servant. You have no hope in life but you keep going. Without medical care you will die very soon. You will die hopeless and alone..
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
So the question is what are we doing? Do we even care about the needs of others outside of our families? Has the Lord’s calling and purpose for your life been choked out by our desires and needs? By the glamorous lights of Hollywood flashing from our television sets? It kills me that I watch my favorite TV show or snack on some chips while another child dies in some unthought-of country. What if that was our child? How would we feel?
These are the questions that I have been challenged with recently. I had to take a step back and put myself in the scenario for the impact to really take place.
Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
So if Jesus lived the life of a homeless man, why do we hold on to our possessions so tightly? It takes 2 dollars a day to feed a starving child. What habit could we cut out in our lives in order to bless another person’s needs?
This very need has birthed the Word Composed and FEED ministries. Not only will our ministry record a praise and worship album with 100% proceeds going to the needs of others, we will also give daily sacrifices to provide for these needs also.
More info to come on how we can make a difference.