Subject To A Better Offer?
A kind hearted soul is difficult to find, a faithful one is rare.
S.T.A.B.O. is now life's path across all generations in varying degrees.
S.T.A.B.O. expresses the indulgent value that we call upon to measure life -- Subject To A Better Offer.
A man's promise is only as good as the next offer is better.
Let me tell you a short story about an elderly gent I stumbled across who knew not S.T.A.B.O.
From his nursing home bed he explained that his late wife lived much in resentful anger. Yet, he still saw no impediment to the goal of kept promises.
He was raised in poverty and had raised a troubled family, but the troubles were not of his own doing I judged.
Amidst great financial distress and constantly repeated relational disasters he neither fled nor even uttered a word of complaint. His yes remained yes and his no remained no to his grave.
His professional years were pock-marked by various assaults and his twilight years robbed through a bed-ridden living death.
My word is my bond, were the last words I heard from him. It was only the next morning that I heard he had met his savior.
Amazingly within the changes and chances of his enduring life, this boy born into war (WW1) had crafted a good future through the Great Depression.
Even more amazing by the end of life he had still not learned bitterness, resentment, self-serving or especially faithlessness. His Christian Methodist faith remained alive until he didn't.
He met his Lord one miserable and insignificant night. But, he was not insignificant. It is sure that he heard on that black morning well done, good and faithful servant.
His headstone remains to this day a sentinel to this faithless generation:
Faithfulness has its own rewards.
He now lives his epitaph.
Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ be ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. (Matthew 5:37)
Today's Soul Snippet:
The heart is first power to the soul and then to the feet.