It pays to do extra cleaning from time to time. Recently I found a message from Erma Bombeck. It was like hearing from the dead. It has a beautiful message and I'll share it with you.
"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would have not a single bit of talent left, and I can say 'I used everything you gave me.'"
Isn't that beautiful? We should make the same goal for our lives!
Here's another poem written by Dorothy Miller Birdwell on the subject of giving:
My burden was heavy,
My sorrow deep,
Then someone gave me a smile to keep.
So I said something nice to another that day.
I felt lots better and it brightened their way.
You have plenty to spare, so give someone a smile,
The sunshine you give will be more than worthwhile.
The ripples you started, on and on will go to touch more hearts than you'll ever know.
Isn't that beautiful? Well, you have your homework. What ripples did you make?
I have the most wonderful things happen to me. Last week I was vacuuming and smoke started coming out of the vacuum cleaner (no, that's not the good part). I immediately unplugged it and thought, "Now what am I going to do? I'm not going to call my friend Rob." I have to bother this young man; he's so good to me. He's the one who came to my table when I was having a yard sale and told me the good Lord told him to talk to the lady at the table. It was amazing! I figured I was supposed to be his resource person, and instead he has been my rescuer. I thought, "Rob, where are you when I need you?"
Just then, there was a knock at the door. I opened it and there stood Rob. He was driving by, and thought "I think I'll check up on Margaret." He fixed my vacuum by replacing the belt. Isn't that amazing? On top of that, he had bought a ticket for me to join his family and him for the musical at Fredonia. Three of their kids were performing. It was unreal. Such talent! Michaela Tramuta had the lead role. She has a vocal range that is unreal! The students all did a remarkable job! And the props and staging were so detailed and professional! Tonight's the last night. If you haven't seen it, don't miss it!
Now I want to talk about Palm Sunday. If we study the life of Jesus we will see how consistent He is and how much we can learn from Him. Who was this man anyway? He was the son of God. He was rich, He was a God, He was all-powerful! Now wouldn't you think He would enter Jerusalem on a white stallion like the heroes in all the old Westerns did? Not Jesus! He concentrated on the message, not the messenger. He was the epitome of humbleness. How come we, his followers, are so unlike Him? We are so proud. We have to be number one in everything, whether it's sports or being the most powerful nation in the world. Let's not forget who we really are and the best way to be visible is to show our love for others.
One last thing. On Monday I attended the St. Joseph's Table at the Colony House. Hats off to Jeff, the incredible chef! There was a lot of food and it was all delicious. On top of all that, donations were given to the Friendly Kitchen. Here again we see humbleness. How many men today would be so humble as to stand by Mary and her circumstances? Most men would save their pride because it sure looked like Mary had been unfaithful or deceitful. But St. Joseph is an example of a good husband and a good father to Jesus. He shows true love. He is a good example for men to follow. And ladies, show your husbands how much you appreciate them for being good partners and fathers, and for all that they do for you and your children.