Today I received a story by email that I have to share.
It's called "Only a quarter".....
Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area.
When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, "You' d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it."
Then he thought, "Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as 'a gift from God' and keep quiet."
When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, "Here, you gave me too much change." The driver, with a smile replied, "Aren't you the new preacher in town? I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at church on Sunday."
When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, "Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter."
Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians and will put us to the test! Always be on guard and remember that you carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself "Christian".
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Wow! How simple yet profound is that???? Something to think about for sure!
Today in the shop was another busy hectic but sooo fun day! It seems the busier the days get the kinder the customers! One would think it would be the other way around....but when we are really swamped and busy customers just wait their turn and smile and we all laugh and joke and have a grand old time! What an amazing change from my former business experience in the 8-5 world. In that old world time limits were short, demands were great and everyone was impatient. I am so glad God opened a window for me to leap through!
Today Tammy our dollmaker was in for a visit and to bring me more lil darling dolls that need temporary foster care until their new family finds them! There were some more different types today that I would bet wont be in the "doll orphanage" to long!
Tammys brother Terry brought us an amazing bluebird house on a rustic log today! It is so perfect! And sooooo heavy! Someone will fall in love with it and take it home very soon! I think we now have him hooked on creating items for the shop too! LOL its like an addiction, once you experience the shop and its atmosphere you somehow just want to be part of it. You laugh but I actually had a customer today say she loved the feeling she had when she walked into the shop for her first time today. She said it felt like you were visiting someplace special and not just shopping. I am sooo glad she shared that with us and sooo glad we made her feel that way! Thats how we want folks to feel, like they are home....
Met a cousins wife and daughter today for the first time. My cousin Mike and I havent lived in the same state until recently and his wife Lora and daughter Kayla are very charming. Kaylas cute lile freckled face so resembled the face I remember on her dad when we were kids. I am soo glad they came in and they introduced themselves. Hope we can get to know them better!
Other friends like Lisa (I should call her a sister???) stopped by today. Some just to say hey and some to explore and buy new things for their homes.
Danny one of our furniture makers also stopped by with some adorable churches and saltbox house for consinging. They are all rustic and handmade and they all light up. Tooo cute! He says he will bring a load of candleholders and such next! Yeah! Cant wait!
We had another small shipment of greeting cards to arrive today and another special shipment of stock is due tomorrow! What a great busy fun exciting exhausting week we have had!
God is good! Tomorrow should be another fun one!!!!! See you then!