Meridian Star


April 12, 2014

From the Shepherd's Heart

MERIDIAN — “Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift!” — 2 Cor. 9:15

Recently, the CBS News had a report of an eight year old boy turning $20 into a priceless gift. Myles Eckert found $20 in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel as he and his family arrived to eat. Trying to decide how to spend the money, Myles saw a soldier eating in the restaurant.

    Soldiers reminded Myles of his dad who was a soldier. Myles’ father was killed five weeks after Myles was born. Myles had never seen his father but had images of what he must have been like.

    So Myles decided to write a note and attach it to the $20 to give to the soldier. The note read:

    Dear Soldier,

    My dad was a soldier. He is in heaven now. I found this $20 in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s your lucky day. Thank you for your service.

    Myles Eckert, a Gold Star Kid

    The soldier who received the note and money was Lt. Col. Frank Daley of the Ohio National Guard. After lunch, Myles asked his mother if he could make one more stop. The stop was at his father’s grave. Myles’ mother photographed her son hugging the tombstone. She guessed he was telling his father what he had done.

    Lt. Col. Frank Daley was so touched by the boy’s gesture; he decided to give the money away, himself. Since then, Daley has encouraged others to do the same. One small act of kindness by an eight year old boy touched many the boy will never see.

    Like Myles, Christians have a father they may have never seen. However, we know His heart and celebrate what He means to us. When prompted by the Holy Spirit, we need to show acts of kindness to others.

    Myles’ motivation of compassion was with reference to thinking about his father. His note and effort was to honor someone on his mind. Our motivation should be the same. With our Heavenly Father on our minds, we should look for ways to let Him know, we have not forgotten what He means to us.

    In this story, everyone is blessed. A soldier received honor. A mother received a memory. A boy received the joy of telling his father he was not forgotten. A community received a reminder that all of us can be a blessing if we have the right mindset.

    Why not honor your Heavenly Father today by doing something unexpected and compassionate for someone else. When you see someone that reminds you of your Father, make an effort to bless them. Just think how it would feel if you could tell the Lord after you have loved in His name!

Dr. John A. Temple is pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, located at 4032 Poplar Springs Drive in Meridian. Visit the church website online at www.

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