Give ‘Til It Feels Good

The store manager had no idea. Nor should he have. As a store manager, the law is the law: shoplifters are caught and turned over to the police. Both start and end of his story.

But, no. In this particular instance…not in America, mind you but in Malaysia…a store manager questioned a shoplifter and then….well, please read this,

I wonder. Can this ever be more than a feel-good story? Can this happen in other countries…okay, let’s say, the United States?

A dear former church member, Ken Jaeger, God rest his soul, had a saying that stuck with me…and has for over 40 years…about giving and living: “Give not until it hurts; give until it feels good.”

Have you felt “good” lately? Because down deep I don’t believe feeling good is measurable. Nope. I believe it’s realizable. On a personal note, I feel good when I help someone at least smile, even though the smile may not reach her eyes. I feel good when I’m spontaneous and ask a cashier at a grocery store to not take money from the customer in front of me. I feel good when, because it’s as much the voice of Diane’s heart as it is mine, when we know each month we are caring for a girl wanting to not hurt because of hunger.

Because, feeling good comes from making a difference to the betterment of others.

I bet you. I bet you the father in this Malaysian story would never shoplift again. I cannot imagine the blight of his situation. But, hopefully the beauty of the Tesco store owner’s decision makes this father’s life less shadowed.

More to the point…have YOU brought goodness to anyone lately? I believe the best result of bringing goodness is knowing in your own heart that life has value…as you do, too.


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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