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THE CHRISTIAN WORK ETHIC NEWSLETTER

As the Founder of Worker Ministries, one of my great joys is the opportunity to write our monthly newsletter and share it with approximately 10,000 subscribers. I recognize that all of us are inundated with emails throughout the day and so those who remain with us are very special. Thank you.

Since writing the first newsletter in 2003, there is a special thrill in my heart when I am able to highlight a real live human being who actually illustrates how to live the Christian life in the workplace. Sometimes there are so many it is difficult to determine who should be selected.

However, this month was easy….very easy.

A couple and their four children were traveling in their van to Duke University Hospital in North Carolina where they had a scheduled appointment. Suddenly, one of the tires blew out and Monica Hines and her family found themselves stranded for five hours on a busy highway.

With only $80 on hand, the family didn’t have enough money to pay for an auto service to bring them a tire and they couldn’t get any passing motorists to stop and help them. At last, Colby Pridgen, a State Highway Patrol Trooper pulled in behind them.

After examining the situation, the trooper immediately removed the flat tire replacing it with a spare but also noticed the other tires were in need of replacing. There was a wire hanging out of each one and a bulge on one of them. Needless to say, all of this would be a recipe for a future disaster.

One who walks around with a heart of empathy would certainly understand that this family had to be stressed out. So, before going to a service station, the trooper took them to a nearby restaurant and bought their lunch.

Now it is time to take them to a nearby tire dealership to obtain four new tires. But, let’s flash back to an earlier part of this story. Remember, this is a family that has only $80.  However, when empathy in the heart intensifies, that is no problem. Yes, the state trooper was kind enough to remove the bad tire. He was kind enough to buy their lunch and take them to the tire dealership. But, he still wasn’t satisfied

He actually paid for the tires. You and I know that could have been four or five hundred dollars or more.

But, I must interrupt this newsletter with another alert. The state trooper still wasn’t satisfied. After the tires were installed, he asked them to follow him to a service station where he filled their tank with gasoline and, yes, he also paid for that purchase.

In this world that is so full of rotten sin, all of this resembles some kind of fairyland story. But, in Trooper Pridgen’s world, this is just a normal way to operate.

He illustrates the good Samaritan who reached into the ditch and rescued one in need. He wasn’t satisfied just to bound up the man’s wounds and pour wine and oil on them. He took the one in trouble and set him on his own animal and took him to a nearby inn where he could sleep. The next morning, he came back to the inn and paid the lodging bill. Yes, just like Trooper Pridgen, he had to do more.

The true story of the state trooper also illustrates that wonderful truth which Jesus has taught us when He said, “I have come to serve not to be served”. I have found that fulfilling this truth becomes extremely easy when we step into the shoes of other individuals who are in trouble. When that happens, it seems we just can’t do enough.

I am compelled to also add this truth: It is no secret that we live at a time when many law enforcement officers are under attack in this country. Yes, we can not deny the fact that “bad apples” can be found in any organization and the bad need to be removed. But, what is left are thousands and thousands of dedicated individuals who place their very lives on the line daily and who truly want to be law enforcement servants just like Trooper Pridgen and they prove it when they step outside the boundaries of their job description.  It happens throughout this country every day.

Although Trooper Pridgen was not asking for any recognition, Monica Hines posted his act of kindness to Facebook, commenting that “God had sent her family an angel”.

In closing, a friend of mine who ministers in Kenya recently sent me a message. It includes two profound truths which directly relate to this month’s message:

We are what we do

Not what we say we will do

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We are not saved to be silent

 

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I look forward to being with you in September.   In the meantime, I must be about my Father's business.

altVery truly yours,

Jim Hogsett, Writer for Guideposts Magazine and President/Founder at WORKER MINISTRIES WORLD HEADQUARTERS

   

 

 

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