An honest and good heart


Pastor Thad Gifford - Contributing Columnist



What would you do if you found a money bag containing $1 million dollars? That would be life-changing for most of us. We could retire, take a nice vacation, build our dream home, buy that sports car we always wanted. Think of all the things you could do with $1 million dollars.

So, would you keep it, or would you return it?

When I was a kid, I’d walk the fields around our house looking for that huge, 200-carat diamond. You know, the one that was yet to be found. I imagined myself finding it, taking it to a jeweler, having it weighed and appraised and selling it for $100 million. Then, I would “spend” the hundred million in my mind.

Have you ever done that — spend money you don’t have, on things you have really wanted but couldn’t afford? You know what they call, “Keeping up with the Joneses?” It’s spending money you don’t have, on things you don’t need to impress people you don’t like.”

Anyways, back to our story.

The Bible talks about an “honest and good heart” in Luke 8:15. I wonder how many people in this world have “honest and good hearts?” I know three people for sure who do. Let me explain.

On Sunday, Sept. 20 our church had Family Fun Fest in Cowling Park. We do this every year to give back to our community. We had rides and games and basically all the free food you could eat and music provided by the Crossroads Praise Team. There were about 400 people who showed up and I believe everyone had a good time.

Around five o’ clock, we began tearing down and packing up — getting ready to leave. Well, I play the keyboard and I like to move it to wherever we are going in my vehicle. It’s an expensive keyboard and I don’t want it damaged. Everyone had loaded up, I’m loading the trash into the back of my truck, Beth comes over and lets me know she has everything of mine (Bible, tablet, microphone, music, etc.) and I get into the truck and head to the house.

The night passes, and about 10 o’clock on Monday morning, one of our Praise Team members, Damon Ward, calls me and asks me what a certain keyboard was worth. His description matched mine exactly.

He says, “Pastor, you left your keyboard lying in the park all night.” A city worker found it at about eight o’clock on Monday morning and made a few calls and another of our members, Francis Davis, got the keyboard from city worker, Martin Russell, and made sure it got back to me.

My keyboard laid out all night on a picnic bench at the park and was found the next morning. How great is that? I believe God was watching out for me. Think of all the people who had to have walked by it and didn’t see it, or saw it and left it alone.

I want to publicly say thank you to Martin Russell, Francis Davis and Damon Ward for everything you did to return the keyboard. I am not in a position to replace it, but now I can continue playing it to bring honor and glory to God.

Yes, there are people with “honest and good” hearts! They do exist, and I am blessed to know three of them!

And that is Something To Think About for this week.

God loves you. In spite of everything you have ever done in your life God loves you. If you are searching for God in your life, He can be found. I invite you to check out the church of your choice this weekend and start a relationship with the God of all Creation.

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Pastor Thad Gifford

Contributing Columnist

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.

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