Paul, the only self-appointed “Apostle”. What really happened on the Damascus road? Even the Yahshua appointed Apostles did not like what Paul preached and they had to have a little ‘meeting’. You can not mesh what Yahshua said during the Sermon On The Mount with what Paul preached. I believe it was Paul that was the first of a long line of ‘false prophets’…
March 12, 2015 at 10:30am
When I had a decent job with decent pay, I would do this often. Restaurants, convenience stores, etc… If I could, I’d do it as discretely as possible so they wouldn’t know who did it. Funny how folks would look around wondering who it was and not figure it was the longhair and bearded biker looking dude at the next table. The staff usually got a good kick out of it too.
August 22, 2013 at 11:39pm
Where’s Ralph Nader when you REALLY need him…. UNSAFE EVEN WHEN PARKED!
April 21, 2013 at 9:00am
The older brother’s name is very telling. Anyone from India would know the history well… Tamerlane was a ruthless general and ruler – killing his way through much of West, South, and Central Asia. Rarely did he show mercy. Millions died by his orders…
N.A.S.A. Wallops Island seems to be busy these days. Near Chincoteague Island, VA, it’s a nice place to raise kids and enjoy nature. Lot’s of good fishing, hunting, boating, bird watching, beaches, etc…
Along with NASA, there are many sub-contractors too:
Orbital, Lockheed Martin, Fluor, CSC, VT Group, LJT & Associates, URS Coporation, and a few more…..
Hope it all works out for the best soon for you & yours…
December 8, 2012 at 10:40am
I agree with you, MIL-DOT – don’t give a lazy person anything except inspiration to get them off of their butt… as you know, I’m talking about the helpless, someone down on their luck, the truly needy, the lonely, the widowed, the sick, the young, the elderly, and when you feel it in your heart at that moment. What and if a person gives is their own biz – after all, it’s what they’ve earned and it is theirs.
I just think of the few times that someone went out of their way and was kind to me… Back in the early 1990′s. after I got laid off from a job that I had for 12 years, I thought I’d try my luck in the Monterey/Carmel Valley area of California. Turns out, all my money went to rent and I would go to bed hungry for months at a time – i was pinching pennies anyway I could. I lived on rice and cheap local squash for MONTHS. I also lost 30 lbs in the process. Across the street from where I worked was an older Japanese lady that ran a heath food store where I would go and buy the cheapest thing I could for lunch. After awhile, I guess she noticed that I was losing weight or something….. she started bringing me BAGS of almost out of date food over after she had closed up for the night. If it wasn’t for her sweet kindness, I would have had a tougher time than I did.
Also, after I got laid off from my last job (after 17 years), things got really tight but someone I barely knew went out and bought me 4 big boxes of groceries. Man! Some people are so thoughtful…
December 8, 2012 at 9:58am
i think of ‘random acts of kindness’ as sport…..
i laugh when liberals will get in their car and drive to some ‘social cause’ when on the way, they must pass all kinds of folks that are in need of some sort.
even if they are not in need, find a active soldier or a vet and brighten their day ‘just because’.
I’ve been doing this for years and have many dozen stories along these lines…. from paying the road toll for the person in the car behind me too and cutting the grass at the home of an elderly neighbor while he was in a nursing home – always on the sneak! :)
December 7, 2012 at 3:24pm
A local family that used to own a small beer/wine distributorship never forgot their humble beginnings of having to work hard to make ends meet. even when they had very little, every Christmas they (kids and all) would do something for a needy (needier than them) family. When they took over the family beer biz and were better off, they kept up the tradition. Over the years even the grandkids were enlisted to save up through the year to help. they also started a fund drive to get other folks to join in too. It wasn’t just toys, they would help pay bills, bring food, the Christmas tree, pay the rent, car payments, etc. I helped with a donation but I was thinking to myself: “who heals the healers, all these years, they have given, let’s see how good they can receive!”
One day around Christmas, the son and I were at work talking “guitars” and I showed him pictures of my many guitars. He spotted my red fender telecaster and said that he used to have one just like it but had to sell it when their first baby was born. He said he always regretted selling his guitar. The next day, I came in with the guitar in case, and showed it to him. “wow! that’s a beautiful guitar there!” and I said: “Glad you like it, Merry Christmas, It’s yours now”. He was stunned “You can’t do this…”. I said: “I just did, what goes around, comes around”.
Not to brag, (well maybe a little) my Pastor is also a singer/guitar player/songwriter who has given away many guitars. As a matter of fact, he is always giving things and money away. And he always has more to give. A true blessing to those around him. No one ever comes to our multi-denominational church in need that doesn't go away with what they asked for and are in need of. One time he even gave away his Harley, gave a ten year old kid an axe worth a few thousand...You name it he's given it. Time-food-salvation...He's always bestowing something on someone.
Huzah good for you. If i had much to give i would give you a gift. You are a prime example of how capitalism is supposed to work and how people are to help each other. When i am out of college and making money i shall do the same, until then i shall help those in the ways i can(ill do it any ways), as i was taught by my parents and i will drill in my kids some day when i have some. Youre a great guy.
vic...as i read more of what you have done, you have moved me to tears.....you are such a great fella....if i can help at all let me know.....im honestly speechless as words cannot describe how kind you are.
i think of 'random acts of kindness' as sport.....
i laugh when liberals will get in their car and drive to some 'social cause' when on the way, they must pass all kinds of folks that are in need of some sort.
even if they are not in need, find a active soldier or a vet and brighten their day 'just because'.
I've been doing this for years and have many dozen stories along these lines.... from paying the road toll for the person in the car behind me too and cutting the grass at the home of an elderly neighbor while he was in a nursing home - always on the sneak! :)
My husband has done this same gifting many times. He has such a big heart. It truly hurts him to see people and animals hurting. My main mission is for the helpless animals. His mission is for people. My husband will give someone whatever he's led to give.
We are very conservative. We work at something 7 days a week. I have 3 younger siblings who are on disability. They are "Takers". My sister actually thinks that I should give her things because I have more money. I suspect that God will have a talk with her one day.
The Holy Bible says that if you don't work...you don't eat.
I agree with the Blazer that said to the Libs...go live for several years in a socialistic country before thinking you know and understand Communism, Socialism, or Marxism. Theoretically these systems work...but they don't work in the real world.
I know a wonderful giving family that created a "Commune" on their property. It worked in the beginning, but then as many people are...lazy...selfish...and "Takers"....this commune did NOT work.
You can only save just so many people before you begin to drown yourself. (I have no idea who originally said this).
Last note: A fellow co-worker-boss told me "People only have as much power as you allow them to have".
December 7, 2012 at 3:09pm
a few years back, on a guitar forum, we had a young lad join the forum that seemed like the nicest kid we all had met in years. with his southern Texas manners and wit, we (the older guys) soon gave him a nickname and took him “under our wings” as “one of us”. Unlike alot of the younger folks that visited the forum, he wasn’t the head-banging, self centered, “know it all” that alot of young musicians are today. He had a tough year: during Katrina, his family had to move to safety, his grandmother passed away, they got hit by another hurricane, and his guitar amp died on him. So I packaged up one of my guitar amps (a nice Vox combo) and shipped it to him for Christmas. I think he thanked me a million times. All I told him was that when he becomes an old geezer like me and sees a young musician struggling like he did, to do the same…
December 7, 2012 at 3:03pm
Hang in there, Rodogg! I hope some good things comes your way soon…
I was laid off on 04/01/2011 after 17 years at my job and it took 16 months to find another job – making only 46% of what I used to bring home a week. Savings will run out soon as my bills are $300 per month more than what I make now (all based on what I USED to make!) and I’ve cut off all luxuries and am down to the basics… I eat alot of rice and P&J sandwiches. I had to adopt out my dogs, as I could no longer afford to feed them – man! That broke my heart! Time will tell if I can keep my house – I hope I can refinance at a lower interest rate or get my mortgage adjusted somehow. For Thanksgiving, I ate some pasta…
The shame is, alot of folks are in the same boat… or worse…
December 7, 2012 at 2:43pm
I first had that lesson shown to me years ago by my father. A rough & ready 3rd degree black-belt redneck that wasn’t the warm & fuzzy type. he had been taking care of his semi-disabled sister her entire life. He bought her a home and paid her bills just to keep her off the dole. He thought it was a family’s duty to take care of family. But over the years, she took it all for granted and became demanding. Even her grown kids (with their boyfriends) moved into this house and enjoyed the free ride. On my Saturdays off, i would go and cut the grass and clean the yard because no one there was doing anything. One holiday, my dad and i were on our way over to her house when my dad said: “to hell with this” and stopped a few houses down from hers, at some place that was no more than a shack. He grabbed this huge ham and other goodies we had and went up to the door of the shack.
A very old black man answered and my dad said: “happy thanksgiving”. The old man started crying and almost fainted. i heard him say: “I prayed all day that i would have something to eat today” as he
grabbed my dad’s arm and hugged him and kept saying “God Bless you…”. My dad got back in the van and said nothing but i could tell he was moved. So was i…
If you are young, have 2 arms, 2 legs and a brain and can walk and talk, I wouldn't give you the sweat off of my nose. NEVER give able bodied humans a damn thing. Now, old poor guys, all colors, truly handicapped and kids, they can have the shirt off my back. NIce story. Remember, give 'em stuff and you ruin that person forever. Saw it hundreds of times in my life.
Last year I ran the angel tree for our Church. We put and angel for each member of families in need. About two weeks before Christmas we invited them to the church to pickup the gifts and have cookies. Anyway we had a couple of families missing on that day. I found out later that they had to move because of not being able to pay rent. I tracked down one who family moved in with the mothers brother in government housing. I thought it was such a simple thing to make the extra effort to deliver the items for her two children. But her brother completely overwhelmed me. He just kept shaking my hand and hugging me telling me the children would have not had Christmas if I had not showed up. I know it was true too. There was no Christmas tree in this tiny apartment with bare cement floors. They had a couple of folding chairs but really very little beyond that. God bless everyone who has it in there heart to perform outreach.
Your Dad is correct we need to take care of our our own. I am a young Disabled Vet with 3 teenagers, Earlier this year my Disabled Mother and Recently divorced (ultra Messy) unemployed brother moved in with me they came from CO down to AR. I got my Mother her own place last month. My Brother started his new job this last week he won't get paid for another 2 weeks. I have paid their bills, Food, Car repairs for my Mother and my Brothers car payments for the last 6 Months. On my Brothers second day of work he blew a tire on the highway I promptly spent my Christmas money on a set of new tires for him so he can work and hopefully pay me back before Christmas. My tires are completely bald. I have wiped out my very small savings. The thing is I would do it all over again than to see them without a home. I don't consider this charity it is the only right thing to do. As long as nothing pops up between now and his payday we will all be just fine. If only the rest of the country did this when their families needed help we would all be on our way! Thanks for the story it gives others hope that just maybe we can pull out of these bad situations.
Ok so, you made me cry....
I am an American Military wife stationed in England. Every year at Christmas time many of us get together and donate several big boxes of food to some of the very poor elderly people in the area. So often we are met at the door with tears and smiles. I wish we could take them all home with us and take care of these precious ones but there are too many and we are just barely hanging in there as it is. God bless everyone who gives from their heart to a person in need.
I agree with you, MIL-DOT - don't give a lazy person anything except inspiration to get them off of their butt... as you know, I'm talking about the helpless, someone down on their luck, the truly needy, the lonely, the widowed, the sick, the young, the elderly, and when you feel it in your heart at that moment. What and if a person gives is their own biz - after all, it's what they've earned and it is theirs.
I just think of the few times that someone went out of their way and was kind to me... Back in the early 1990's. after I got laid off from a job that I had for 12 years, I thought I'd try my luck in the Monterey/Carmel Valley area of California. Turns out, all my money went to rent and I would go to bed hungry for months at a time - i was pinching pennies anyway I could. I lived on rice and cheap local squash for MONTHS. I also lost 30 lbs in the process. Across the street from where I worked was an older Japanese lady that ran a heath food store where I would go and buy the cheapest thing I could for lunch. After awhile, I guess she noticed that I was losing weight or something..... she started bringing me BAGS of almost out of date food over after she had closed up for the night. If it wasn't for her sweet kindness, I would have had a tougher time than I did.
Also, after I got laid off from my last job (after 17 years), things got really tight but someone I barely knew went out and bought me 4 big boxes of groceries. Man! Some people are so thoughtful...
December 7, 2012 at 2:32pm
Pay it forward…..
A few years back at a local restaurant, there was an elderly couple having dinner. I noticed that he had on a US NAVY hat with a WWII ship name on it. These hats are worn by veterans to show that they have served their country and which ship they were deployed on. I hinted to the waitress to come over and be discrete. I told her to put their dinner on my bill and to accept nothing from them, not even a tip. When it was time for them to leave, the old fella asked for the bill and the waitress told them that it was taken care of, that the person that did this just wanted to thank him for his service. I kept my head down looking busy eating as they scanned the dinner looking for who might have done this. They left the dinner thrilled and all smiles…
God Bless you. They kept our freedom for us. They gave us a great country.
December 7, 2012 at 2:25pm
Keep your ears and eyes open to those around you. Sometimes, it’s the little things that mean alot…
A few years ago, a young lad with a military haircut and a t-shirt on with arabic writing on the back was in line at the local convenience store buying a few auto magazines, a candy bar, and a bottle of iced tea. i could tell just from looking at him that he just got back from an overseas tour of duty. even his straight posture gave him away. So, I asked him if he was recently back from the middle east and he said: “Yes, Iraq”. I asked him what his job was and then we got into a bit of a conversation. When we got up to the counter, he put his stuff on the counter and got rung up. turns out he was short a few bucks and started to put things back. I told him that his cash was trash and i would consider it an honor to let me pay for his goodies. he looked at me and grinned from ear to ear and thanked me. i told him: “No, thank you…”
A few years ago after my son, Brandon, graduated from the Air Force Academy and after he had completed additional training in New Mexico and got his orders for Afghanistan (still there btw flying cover for the Marines) we were at the Reagan Library and I cannot tell you how many people asked if they could pay for our tickets...I guess his buzz-cut, his aviator glasses, and his jacket and cap gave him away.....then later that day in LA, we were having dinner and when we asked for our bill, the waiter told us that an older fellow (later identified himself in a note Brandon received as a retired AF pilot) had paid for our entire bill as well as a handsome tip. He handed Brandon a note from this gentleman. Somehow he must have known Brandon was about to fly his first missions in the war....Brandon later told me that all it said was, "God Bless and God Speed Son. My spirit is with you-always"
May God bless you and your family!
December 2, 2012 at 8:16am
for the only story that makes sense (to me) concerning Watergate, read SILENT COUP:
Although Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, we can’t afford Thanksgiving fixin’s this year and will probally eat some pasta – but at least i’ll be with my Sweetie for most of the day… that is, until i have to go to work… but as a friend reminded me:
You aren't missing anything. Today's not REALLY Thanksgiving anyway. Next Thursday is the REAL one.
September 12, 2012 at 11:31am
we feed the beast (islamists) and then wonder why it turn around and bites the hands that feeds (frees) them? this is islam at it’s best.
wake up America. stop buying arab oil – stop sending money to islamist govts – stop selling weapons to islamic nations.
September 7, 2012 at 12:59am
A ‘thank you’ to those who were sincerely sharing in their replies. There is a lot of misunderstanding from folks on ‘the outside’ concerning ANY religion – including the Mormons. I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful, it’s a term that ‘outsiders’ use for something that we don’t understand.
September 6, 2012 at 1:03pm
How can any earthly item be considered “sacred”?
Sacred is our love of God, for family – for things eternal.
Are you saying that your garments are just as “sacred” to you as your love for your Creator and for your wife?
September 6, 2012 at 12:40pm
Nice try, COFEMALE…
but if this custom is part of the faith, then why try to silence me with your name calling?
Folks that are not Mormon might be interested in hearing about this and other customs of the Mormon faith that seem (to the outsider) strange…