Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
The specific details of this story are blurred by the years, but I have been able to verify the major points and identity of the people involved. It is true; it did happen.
Many years ago two young men were working their way through Stanford University. At one point their money was almost gone, so they decided to engage the great pianist Paderewski for a concert and use the profits for board and tuition. Paderewski's manager asked for a guarantee of $2,000. The students worked hard to promote the concert, but they came up $400 short. After the performance, they went to the musician, gave him all the money they had raised, and promised to pay the $400 as soon as they could. It appeared that their college days were over. "No, boys, that won't do," said the pianist. "take out of this $1,600 all your expenses, and keep for each of you 10 percent of the balance for your work. Let me have the rest."
Years passed. Paderewski became premier of Poland following World War I. Thousands of his countrymen were starving. Only one man could help, the head of the U.S. Food and Relief Bureau. Paderewski's appeal to him brought thousands of tons of food. Later he met the American statesman to thank him. "That's all right," replied Herbert Hoover. "Besides, you don't remember, but you helped me once when I was a student in college."
Is this a great working out of the Golden rule?
Luke 6:31 (KJV);
“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”
Which is followed just a few verses later by
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
That is not the REASON to give, of course, but it is often the RESULT!
May God richly bless each one of you - -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.