I honestly didn’t see this “ah-ha” coming. Several times while eating lunch with Scott Friedman in downtown Cambodia, we were approached by children asking for money. Many were amputees and victims of leftover land mines. Some were just begging, but most were at least offering value, selling books or postcards.
Carrying only a small amount of local currency, it was difficult to choose whom to help. As soon as we offered anything, more came. My “Catholic guilt” was on overload! It was challenging not to have enough to give to all of them. Have you ever felt that way? What would you do?
A little girl wearing a grubby shirt with cute chubby cheeks walked up to our table. She asked, “Mister, would you like to buy postcards? Only a dollar, sir.”
Scott had actually been looking for some postcards, so he took a look at what she was offering. After looking through her stack, he asked, “Do you have any others?”
The little girl excitedly ran off to get more. A few moments later, she came back with another stack of postcards and quickly handed them to Scott. He shuffled through them — and, again, it wasn’t what he was looking for. “Only one dollar, sir,” she said hopefully.
Scott shook his head respectfully, and said, “No, thank you.” Though he didn’t take the postcards, he reached into his pocket and pulled out Riel (local currency), equivalent to 30 cents, and handed it to the little girl.
She got mad. She was visibly upset with Scott. “You buy postcards, one dollar!” she said forcefully.
Wow. Seriously? Any guilt that we had felt, instantly disappeared. Wouldn’t you feel the same way?
It dawned on me that this is how God and the universe must work. We ask for things and want things. When we don’t appreciate the gifts that we do get and the things we do have, why do we think we deserve more?
Besides your family and health, what gifts, blessings, income, jobs, speeches or sales do you appreciate? How do you show your appreciation?
Please post your answers below, and read other people’s answers. I’ll read them all!
P.S. What am I thankful for? I appreciate that I get to do what I love to do for a living. Recording artist & speaker, Jana Stanfield, challenged me this summer. Although I had always donated money, I had never donated my talents or time.
This month, I took two weeks off and went to Asia to help Scott & Jana with the fund-raising tour. Click below to get a look at Day #4 of the tour.
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P.P.S. Who is Jana Stanfield? She performs heavy MENTAL music (music that motivates & inspires). See her most recent video below.
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