Friday, April 23, 2010

Stuff like this doesn't just happen

I was a senior in high school, accepted into Central Bible College in Springfield, MO when a young couple in my church took me aside.
I'd seen their faces for years. Didn't know much about them.
Turns out they had wealth & they wanted to share it with me.
They asked me to make a list of all the things I needed to go away to college.
They said to think of it as a wish list.

Over the next couple of months they gave me just about everything on my list.
The car & computer I put on the list (& daily wished I could erase) were left.

Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, they took me to a few car dealerships to look at brand new Honda Civics, Toyota Corollas, Nissan Sentras, and a few more.
But they never really said why we were doing this.
My family had NEVER owned a new car, so I was sure my mom was not going to be getting me one!
I went along with this man's plan because he'd been so generous to me. I answered his "would you like this color interior or this one?" and "does a CD player matter more than cruise control?" questions. Still, he never told me why we were doing this.
One day my mom & I met him at the dealership & the dealer handed me the keys to my brand new car, loaded with all of the things I'd been telling him I preferred.
My. own. brand. new. shiny. black. car. with tan interior!

I was SHOCKED! This kind of thing doesn't just happen. Did this really just happen?

Shock after shock came when the car was paid for with a personal check.
Paid for
. No loan. No financing.

At that moment I added a life goal to my list: be a blessing like this one day.
I was thrilled that in one of my first conversations with my husband, I learned he shared this goal.

For the past few years we've been following Dave Ramsey's 6 step plan to Financial Peace. Dan has been helping to lead an FPU class on Wed nights here at our church.

While I could certainly make this post about how the first 6 steps have WOW-ed me, and I could share the blessings that have come as we are faithful to "live like no one else" as Dave says. Today, I want to focus on the 7th step: Giving
Of course the 6 previous steps get you to a place where you can do the kind of giving that knocks the socks off of a young, college-bound girl.
You've got to see this video. I saw it Wed night & haven't stopped thinking about this AMAZING story of giving! Just amazing!
You're going to love it. And want to share it. I just know it!
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  1. Oh, man...I'm crying after watching that...

    ...Thank You, Jesus...


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