Sunday, July 10, 2016

To Encourage Others; Not to Toot My Own Horn

by Steve Ray on July 10, 2016

Not sure where “toot your own horn” came from but it’s not what I’m doing. I usually don’t tell anyone when I do such things but sometimes a good action done by one, inspires others. I truly believe these crazy ideas pop into my head because of my father’s daily examples (God rest his soul).

Today at Mass a devout black woman sat in front of us with her disinterested teenage daughter.  I found myself praying for them as the Mass progressed. 

I had an idea but I struggled with it. Is it a good idea? Will it be received wrongly? Will I be perceived as arrogant or condescending? Well, I said, I think it is from the Lord and if not, oh well…

I pulled a “Donation Envelope” from the hymnal rack in front of me and wrote on it, “You have a good mother. Use this to do something nice for her. God bless you both!”

I stuffed $30 into the envelop and waited…

…as we completed the last hymn, mother and daughter stepped out of their pew. I touched the girl’s shoulder and said, “This is for you.” She was startled, gave a nervous giggle, smiled and left. I said to her mom, “God bless you!”

I have no idea if it was a good idea or not; if she will love her mom more or be more interested in the Lord. 

But I felt darn good all the way home. I remembered Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35). I believe it — and hope you will too. 


What Every Young Black Male Should Hear!

by Steve Ray on July 10, 2016

Why don’t these young people hear this? They should have fathers who stay home and teach their boys these things.