Sports History By Dr.David Davis

2013-12-04
From the Cluttered Desk...by Dr. David Davis

Thanks-Living is the season

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There is a special saying, "...Much will be demanded from everyone who has been given much, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked."

For those who live in America, no matter how poor you think you are, we are the richest people on the planet. Here's the modern translation, "When someone has been given much, much we be required in return."

I believe we are to make a difference in the lives of others. It was never intended for us to hoard all the blessing for ourselves.

What if you have Thanksgiving dinner and all the delicious food is placed at one end of the table for just a few to enjoy. One or two can't keep all the turkey, the stuffing, the mashed potatoes, and the rolls on their plate.

All the stuff we have been blessed with in life is not for us to pile up just for us. There are starving people on the other end of the table who need what we have. It isn't just for us in our little blessing cocoon.

I had the distinct privilege of being with Mother Teresa in 1997 just a few months prior to her death. She spent the majority of her life in the bottom slums of Calcutta. Yet, she built a kingdom of blessings that spanned the globe and attracted the world leaders who came to see her. She did not go to them.

I recall her telling me a story about a man who wrote her a letter and asking the question, "How can I make a difference with my life like you made with yours?"

She said she sent the following reply, "Find your own Calcutta."

We're surrounded by needs. Why don't you own one of those needs?

A businessman was in Midway Airport in Chicago. He was looking at his cell phone and suddenly he blacked out. The next thing he remembers was waking up in the recovery room after open heart surgery. He might have died at Midway Airport if it wasn't for a young lady who was waiting for her flight too. She was a flight attendant who saw him in distress and administered CPR. She called for help and they brought in the defibrillator and got him to the hospital.

She said, "I felt like I should get in a cab and go to the hospital. He's somebody. I'm sure he's going to die, but he shouldn't die alone. 

Eight hours later, the man woke up in that hospital and there by his bed was this young flight attendant.

I think about the movie Schindler's List. Schindler had tried to rescue as many Jews as he could, having them go to work in his factory in Germany. He spent a lot of his fortune to save lives. In the closing scene of the movie, many of the Jews come to thank him for what he did. Schindler's great regret was, "I could have done more."

I have a special friend that works at Kroger. He lost his wife a couple of years ago. His daughter-in-law has put a wedge between this kind, white haired gentleman and his son. I inquired where he was going to have Thanksgiving and he replied, "Alone."

I stopped by Kroger on Tuesday and invited him to my home for Thanksgiving dinner. I gave him my address and told him to be there at 5:00 p.m. He was very grateful for the invitation, but I'm not sure he will accept. But our door will be open with loving arms should he decide to join us. I'll let you know!

May all of you have a most blessed Thanksgiving with your loved ones. We never know when it may be the last time we will be with our families.

Old friend Robert says, "If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get."

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