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December 09, 2008

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Mandy Leech

Too cool, John. Not surprised. God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.

chris corwin

> What particularly struck me about this unexpected gift from
> a total stranger was, first of all, that a total stranger would
> do something like that.

have you never done something like this for other people?

that surprises me.

it seems like something like this happens to me at least twice a year, and i try to do it for others a few times a year, too.

in any case, good timing for you i'm sure!

how fun!

John

Well, I have been known to engage in the occasional random act of kindness to the strangers that pass through my world (but unfortunately, not with the kind of regularity that my Christian faith calls me to).

That said, I have never in my life given $100 to a total stranger. Maybe you have done that, Chris, and if so, you're a better man than I. But it's that reality which struck me even as it was happening.

Resident Atheist

This is when I envy the religious. I think it is such a great social network and support system. If people need religion to feel compelled to do these amazing acts of kindness, then that's when I appreciate that religion is there for them.

Man I'm glad the world isn't full of selfish people like me.

Peter Eicher

That's awesome, John!

John

RA, you're in good company. We all suffer from selfishness, regardless of our religious persuasion. In fact, that is the daily struggle (as anyone who is married can attest), putting others' needs ahead of our own. Even Christians, for all the good we may try to do for others, aren't immune from the struggle. But it is our faith which helps to make the Christian ideal of selflessness a more frequent occurrence. The goal is to imitate the example of Christ. As the apostle Paul summarizes in Philippians 2:3-7: "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Who, being in very nature God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant...." The goal is to try to achieve that threshold as often as possible. But we all need reminders from time to time, which is what that unknown lady did for me. And for that I'm grateful.

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