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!