Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Pay it forward...

So last week a guy walks into my office...
this guy is another minister in his last year of service before retirement...
and he starts telling me about this boat that he's got.

I figure he's getting ready to ask me if I want to buy it.

Then he tells me he wants to give it to me.

Give it to me...

A boat that was $25K when it was brand new in 1999 and still books out at $11K.

And he tells me why he wants to give it to me:
1. My congregation has been very meaningful to his family over the years.
2. He knows what it's like to be a young minister with a family to support. He says, "It always seems like when you're young and you've got kids and you could enjoy something like this you can't afford it. When you're my age and can afford it you can't really use it as much."

And he gives it to me on 1 condition: That I remember it and try to do something similar when I'm his age.

I got the boat today.

I have happy children!

7 comments:

DennisS said...

Wow! Have you got water nearby to use it on?

DennisS said...

Hey wait a minute. How are you going to read all those books for the D.Min. program and ski and fish at the same time?

Dan Mayes said...

Yes, Dennis, we've got a lot of really good lakes near us. (www.vacationokoboji.com)

And in answer to your question, it's called dropping anchor, setting a few lines, and opening the books. (And besides, the lakes are frozen over from December to March, so I'll try and get all that reading done then.)

Julie said...

That is really neat.

Doug said...

Sometimes saints do walk through our doors...

That is a wonderful story!

Peace.

Rebecca said...

Cool. Way cool! Be "dad cop" about the life jackets though, if the kids are little.

Bill Spangler-Dunning said...

Wow way cool story...