Bethany Seventh-day Adventist Church

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A Lesson From Duck Donuts
“A Lesson From Duck Donuts”
By: Pastor Nathaniel Drew
 It was a beautiful Saturday evening when my wife and I decided to go out on a date. We had planned to go out all that week, and the day had finally come. There was a particular restaurant we had been meaning to go to, and so we thought, what better time to go than on our date night? We got dressed and headed to the restaurant, only to find out that there was going to be a 10-15 minute wait to be seated. The news about the wait wasn’t the best news I had heard that day, however, my wife wasn’t bothered at all because the wait would give her the opportunity to go next door to Duck Donuts. This Donut store just opened up, and my wife really wanted to try it. In an attempt to gain some brownie points with my wife, we walked next door to get a donut, only to discover the store was closed! With long faces, we turned to walk away, when suddenly, I heard a voice call out, “excuse me sir, can you help me please?” Apparently, one of the supervisors needed help locking the door from someone who was tall. Though I was disappointed about missing out on a donut, I was more than happy to help. In about 2 seconds, I locked the door for her and was about to leave. To our surprise, she said, “when you two come back here, ask for me, and I will give you free donuts for your help!” With our spirits instantly lifted, we walked away joyful. A few days later, we figured we would take her at her word. We went back to the donut shop, and when she realized who we were, she had one of the worker’s prepare for us, not 1, not 2, but 3 fresh and free donuts! Jesus said in Luke 6:31, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Many of us know this as “The Golden Rule”. The reality is that even though many of us know this rule, not so many of us practice it. How many times have you or I helped someone as long as we benefitted from it? How many times have we refused to help someone, because we didn’t stand to gain anything from it? As Christians, we’re not expected to help people in order to get something in return. We’re not expected to help people in order to get a ‘thank you for your help’ from them. We’re not even expected to help people in order to get spiritual brownie points from God. We’re expected to help people simply because it’s the right thing to do! For if I found myself in a situation where I needed help, I would want someone to offer me the help I needed. Just think for a moment about the last few times you “helped” someone; was it more for you or for them? Sometimes helping people will offer you rewards, such as with our donuts. Sometimes you won’t even get a thank you for helping someone. However, when you and I learn to help people just because it’s the right thing to do, our motives will always be pure; and our Lord Jesus will be pleased. And believe me, pleasing Jesus is the best reward we could ever receive!

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Michael Williams
2015-04-30 5:32 PM

I heard that these donuts are great and I am looking forward to trying them. What a sweet reward but there's none sweeter than the gift God has given us through His Son. May the Lord help us to be motivated by doing what is pleasing in His sight.