Giving and Receiving

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John 13:14

The Message (MSG)

12-17 Then he said, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You address me as ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master,’ and rightly so. That is what I am. So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other’s feet. I’ve laid down a pattern for you. What I’ve done, you do. I’m only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn’t give orders to the employer. If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life.

He received two degrees, including a master of science degree. He was elected a fellow of Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce in London and won the Spingarn Medal. He received a 100,000-a-year job offer from Thomas A. Edison. He was visited by Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Roosevelt and was invited by Joseph Stalin to superintend plantations in southern Russia. Yet for all he received, George Washington Carver is best known for what he gave.

He dedicated his life to making Tuskegee Institute an instrument of ministry to the needs of rural blacks, teaching them how to become skilled farmers and useful citizens. He taught better ways of tilling the soil, the importance of a balanced diet, and called upon black farmers to grow a variety of crops, including peanuts, sweet potatoes, and cowpeas, instead of only cotton. He led the way towards the development of more than three hundred derivative food and industrial products from peanuts and more than a hundred products from sweet potatoes.

In the end, your resume of accomplishments will mean little. Your gifts to others count the most! The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank….


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