Touched by a deaf man

Okay, so I lied. I said I wouldn’t post today, but I’m posting anyway. The hotel here in Portland, Oregon actually has wi-fi. Logging onto the internet from my laptob in a hotel is actually a new experience for me. It looks like I’ve finally joined the 21st century!

We actually had to fly from St. Louis to Atlanta and then Atlanta to Portland. How out of the way is that! Can you imagine if we actually drove this route? People would think we were crazy. Air travel can be so peculiar.

I did want to mention a feature I saw on the ABC Morning show for Delta Horizons. I saw a story about an African American man who was deaf and mute and was born with polio. For the first six years of his life, he could not walk. After his mother sent him away to a special school for the handicapped, he eventually learned to walk. When he became an adult, he got a job washing cars at a Honda dealership and has worked there for 20 years only missing three days.

What was so touching about the program was the man’s enthusiasm for his job. He loved washing cars. His enthusiasm and love for life was so incredible that he merited the attention of a prime time news channel. And, by the way, he was not mentally handicapped as far as I could tell. He just loved washing cars and brightening people’s days. Watching the program reminded me of the Scripture, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ”.

In true Christianity, there should be no division between the sacred and the secular. Whether you are standing in front of multitudes preaching the gospel or fixing leaky faucets, if your attitude is that you are doing your job to glorify God, what a difference you can make!

There really aren’t very many words that I can say but that this man deeply touched my heart. I saw Christ in him and I don’t even know if he is a Christian. I think we all need a reminder from time to time about the beauty of serving Christ in the simplicity of life.

Posted on October 21, 2006, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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