Many of us have been to the point of being desperate for money. But most of us do not take our actions to the level of the young dad that interrupted George’s Christmas Eve.
Sometimes it seems the entire world is against you and your life goes into a rapid downward spiral. It is this massive pressure coupled with opportunity that allows us to act in ways we normally would not even consider.
It is also during those times that we may have unexpected encounters.
“Son, it’s Christmas Eve. If you need the money, well then, here. It ain’t much but it’s all I got. Now put that pea shooter away.” George pulled $150 out of his pocket and handed it to the young man, reaching for the barrel of the gun at the same time. The young man released his grip on the gun, fell to his knees and began to cry. “I’m not very good at this am I? All I wanted was to buy something for my wife and son,” he went on. “I’ve lost my job. My rent is due. My car got repossessed last week…”
George handed the gun to the cop. “Son, we all get in a bit of squeeze now and then. The road gets hard sometimes, but we make it through the best we can.” He got the young man to his feet, and sat him down on a chair across from the cop. “Sometimes we do stupid things.” George handed the young man a cup of coffee. “Being stupid is one of the things that makes us human. Comin’ in here with a gun ain’t the answer. Now sit there and get warm and we’ll sort this thing out.”
There is nothing wrong with being desperate for money. But don’t let desperation get the best of you. There is a brighter day coming as this young man finds out on Day 7
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