Right before school began in August of 2009, I was asked to speak at a youth devotional in Houston. At the last minute, I was informed that I would receive $300 for the talk which centered around the work we do for others at WCS. After buying a few items of clothing, I was left with some unexpected cash. Not long before, I had read an article about an NFL player, Ryan Nece, who invited seventy friends to a restaurant for dinner in Tampa. After they ate, Nece gave each an envelope with $55 inside, 55 being his jersey number. Their instructions were simply to make a difference with what they had been given.... and they did. I decided to do the same with my senior Bible class with the exception that each student received $12 in an envelope, the 12 representing their grade...and all the money I had! The seniors were given three weeks to spend their cash to make the world a better place, followed by an oral report to the class. Their peers then chose their classmate who made the wisest use of the assets. And, as in the Parable of the Talents, the one judged to have made the wisest choice was given an additional $12 to bless others. There were a number of creative and heartwarming avenues taken. The seniors selected De Andre' Beadle as their favorite...and I heartily concurred. Here, in his own words, is how this fine young man used what he had been given. De'Andre is now a student leader at LSU and even featured on billboards around Houston! This is from September 28, 2009.
For the first six weeks, Mr. Steve Hawley assigned a project for us: to take the twelve dollars he had given us and use it in a creative way to help someone else. Many ideas boggled my mind and I was unsure of what to do. I just could not think of a way that would stand out above the other students in my class. After weeks of contemplating and asking others what would they do, I was reminded by my pastor the real reason and meaning for the assignment—to help someone else. He told me of an elderly woman that lives in a senior town home near my church. After school one day, I visited Ms. Robinson, informed her of the assignment, and told her that I wanted to use the money on her. She said, “All I want is some dominoes and a card with your picture, baby.'' So, I got it. I went to Wal-Mart the next day and bought a card, dominoes, and a small picture frame. On Friday evening, I visited her again with her gifts and spent the day with her and her friend playing dominoes. Might I add I lost nearly every game! As my time with her began to conclude, I noticed something rather disturbing. She reused needles for her insulin shots to save money on needles. This can be dangerous and unsanitary so I was able to get more needles for her to use. The Bible says,
“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” -1Peter 4:9-10.
I believe that this verse corresponds with the theme and message that Mr. Hawley wanted us to convey. We all have special gifts and talents that God has blessed us with. We should use these talents to spread the word of God to others in a way that we know how. I enjoyed doing this assignment and putting God's word in to practice and helping others.
De Andre' Terrell Beadle
Appropriate quote of the day:
"I will act as if what I do makes a difference."
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