There was a city that was divided by a great wall. People on one side of the wall hated those who lived on the opposite side of the wall. Great was their hatred. They decided to do something about it. During the night they heaped all the trash that they could find from their side of the city and threw it over the wall leaving a heaping mound of garbage for their neighbors to wake up to.
Morning came. The recipients of the garbage held a meeting. They came up with a plan to respond. That night they threw beautiful things over the wall. Flowers and anything that they could find with beauty in it they heaped over the wall. Above the pile of beautiful things they left a note hanging that read "Each man gives what he has."
The great Christian pianist, Dino, shared this story at the end of his television show years and years ago. I have never forgotten it. This story has challenged me to give like those who shared the beautiful things. It is easy to respond to trash with trash. I have responded with trash too many times. Sometimes I don't even realize I have discarded my trash on someone else until after the fact. Sometimes it has been intentional. I just wanted to. : (
Actions speak loud! My son Luke posted a quote on his blog that is one of my favorites:
"Preach the gospel always, if necessary use words." St Francis of Assisi.
I hope to leave behind me a legacy of "goodness and mercy"........with as small of a trash trail as possible.
Lord, please grace me today with beautiful things to leave behind. Things that will point others to You! Amen.
ps. Okay, SG this one is to bless YOU!