Remarks From The Pastor - November 26, 2017


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  I wish every child in our church and school could go and live in a third-world country for a couple of weeks.  There are even areas in America, the Appalachians for example, where some of the poorest in our nation live.  

Pastor Tom Porter

Pastor Tom Porter

The reason I would like our youth to experience poverty is because most of them have no clue of how blessed they really are.  It reminds me of a story about a wealthy father and his son.  He took his son on a trip to the country with the purpose of showing his son how poor people live.  They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

Upon their return from the trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”  “It was great dad!” “Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.  “Oh, yes sir,” said the son.  “So, tell me what you learned from the trip,” asked the father.  The son replied, “I saw that we have one dog and they have four.  We have a swimming pool that reaches to the middle of our garden.  They have a creek that has no end.  We have lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.

Our patio reaches to the front yard, but they have the whole horizon.  We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go on forever.  We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.  We buy our food, but they grow theirs.  We have walls around our property to protect us.  They have friends to protect them.”  The boy’s father was speechless.  Then his son added, “Thanks Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”  Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing?  It makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have.