Archive for the ‘Worthwhile & Meaningful’ Category

Love people & use things…
February 13, 2007

I received this story in an email from a friend today and I just had to share it with you all. Please read and soak up the message. My comments are at the end. 

Breakfast at McDonald’s

This is a good story and is reported to be true–
I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree. The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with. Her last project of the term was called, “Smile.” The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions. I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally. Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest   son, and I went out to McDonald’s one crisp March morning. It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son. We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did. I did not move an inch… an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved. As I turned around I smelled a horrible “dirty body” smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men. As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was “smiling”. His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God’s Light as he searched for acceptance He said, “Good day” as he counted the few coins he had been clutching. The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation. I held my tears as I stood there with them. The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted. He said, “Coffee is all Miss” because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm). Then I really felt it – the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes. That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action. I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray. I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting s pot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman’s cold hand. He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, “Thank you.” I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, “I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope.” I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, “That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope.” We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give. ; We are not church goers, but we are believers. That day showed me the pure Light of God’s sweet love. I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand.
I turned in “my project” and the instructor read it. Then she looked up at me and said, “Can I share this?” I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class. She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed. In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald’s, my husband, son, instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student. I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn: UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE. Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and learn how to LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS – NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.

I’m one of those people who try to walk with my head up and smile at the passersby. It’s nice to have people smile back, but I smile even when they do not. How often, though, do I truly see these passersby as my brother or sister in Christ? I’m a believer and a church goer and I’m continuing to grow in my walk with Christ. And, I just pray that I could share His love and hope with others like the lady in this story. Unconditional Acceptance – now that is something so hard to put into practice for me. I do try not to be judgemental, but there is always that voice in my head that immediately places people in categories. I hate to admit that, but it is true. Oh, and I absolutely love the last line of the story…Love people and use things, Not love things and use people. That sends a very strong message to me. It is so easy to get caught up in the monetary things of life and begin to love things you have and even those you do not. Our preacher talked of this topic a few weeks ago and it really hits home. So, I’m just hoping I can put into practice and in my heart what God would have me do and not what I want to do. With the hope that what God wants me to do will become what I want to do!!! I apologize for such a long post, but I really wanted to get this out here!What are your thoughts?

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Birthday Card for Shane!
February 6, 2007

I saw this at Karen’s site and had to share with you all! Please join us in making this boys wish come true. His wish is to receive birthday cards from around the world. He wants to set a Guiness World Record. He is fighting luekemia. Please pass this on as well! Thanks so much!

For Kelli and Joe’s Goals
January 16, 2007

Ok, so I went to BooMama’s site today to donate to Kelli. Please read about it here and if you can not donate monitarily, please do so with your prayers! Kelli and her family really need this!

So, while at BooMama’s I was reading about Susie and how she is donating 20% of all blog design sales (for a limited time) to Kelli. Which is so wonderful. I click on over to her blog and found this site on her latest Thursday 13 post.

I had to go check it out! I am excited to be using it now…especially for SMART Habit Saturday. I put in my first two goals from the SMART Habit Saturday and will continue to do so! Then I can post my Joe’s Goals tracker in my post for SMART Habit Saturday! Oh, so exciting. Well, this is what it looks like so far for this week.

 

Becky's Personal Score Badge

Ok, so I’m not doing so well since Friday, but looking at it motivates me! So, now I’m off to clean up the house, exercise, and drink my water!!!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!!! I’m all about some linky love today, huh?

Martin Luther King, Jr
January 14, 2007

Tomorrow is Martin Luther King, Jr day and I wanted to take a minute to pay my respects. I don’t have the right words to say. I am not an eloquent writer or speaker. But, I do thank God for Martin Luther King, Jr and what he did for this country. He had a dream and he believed it could be true. If only we all could dream as big as he did…can you imagine what a world this would be? Thank you Martin Luther King, Jr and may you rest in peace!

St. Judes Donation!
December 29, 2006

*Update: She did it! Just a day after I found out about it, she reached the goal of 500 comments, which in turn means $500 will be donated to St. Jude! Thanks to those of you (T&T I know you did) who donated to this wonderful cause! 

I happened upon Kelly’s site at Pass the Torch and she has a corporate sponsor who is donating $1 for every comment she receives to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital! What a great thing to be a part of and all you have to do is leave her a comment. You can leave one comment per day and she is authorized to raise $500! Please go visit & leave a comment…you never know what your dollar might do! 

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow” – when you now have it with you. Proverbs 3: 28-29