I met a man not long ago, from the outside he looked like success. He was good looking and his wife was beautiful. They lived in the most exclusive ZIP Code in Dallas Fort Worth. The yard was beautiful and the home was furnished to a Tee. Everything about him look like happiness, power, prestige and fulfillment.
For some reason, I elected not to charge him. It was in part because I did not do the best job possible and also I felt the nudging, from what I believe to be the Holy Spirit.
He leaves the money on the coffee table and leaves me to my work. Once I complete the job, again not my best, I decide not to charge and leave the money right where he laid it.
He calls me later and wants to know the reasons for me not taking the money, I explain to him what I previously mentioned above and he is astonished.
After a long pause, he becomes very transparent with me. The money left on the table, was actually all the money he had in the world. The palatial home was not his, but a friends and he had to leave that day. His marriage was also on the rocks and they were about to separate.
He was not rich at all, he was penniless and broken. He was actually a man with no job, no place to live and was about to lose his marriage.
I could discern his desperation and the sense of hopelessness that he felt. It was deafening, he was about to lose everything. I shared with him a story that had recently touched me.
There was a supplier, that I knew, not very well, but we were acquainted. I received word, that his wife one day decided to leave him. She did it during the day, with no warning.
She cleaned out the entire house and all the bank accounts. What is worse, is that he had no idea. The weight of the betrayal was so heavy, that he decided to take his life.
As I shared this story with my client, he began to weep and the spirit of God began to overwhelm us both. We were two people from very different places in the world, different backgrounds, different ethnicities, different races and even different income statuses, but in that moment we were communing.
In that moment our hearts connected. That day, that moment and that man taught me a valuable lesson. He showed me that everyone needs God, everyone needs compassion and every heart hurts the same.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom the work that God has done from beginning to end.