"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."1
"Shortly after Booker T. Washington, the renowned black educator, took over the presidency of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, he was walking in an exclusive section of town, when he was stopped by a wealthy white woman.
"Not knowing the famous Mr. Washington by sight, she asked if he would like to earn a few dollars by chopping wood for her. Because he had no pressing business at the moment, Professor Washington smiled, rolled up his sleeves, and proceeded to do the humble chore she had requested.
"When he was finished, he carried the logs into the house and stacked them by the fireplace. A little girl recognized him and later revealed his identity to the lady. The next morning the embarrassed woman went to see Mr. Washington in his office at the Institute and apologized profusely. "It's perfectly all right, Madam," he replied. "Occasionally I enjoy a little manual labor. Besides, it's always a delight to do something for a friend."2
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to remember that I, too, am a fellow struggler and always to be ready to lend a helping hand to that person in need whom You bring across my path. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
1. Matthew 5:3 (NKJV).
2. KneEmail, www.oakhillcoc.org