As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. (2 Timothy 4:5 NRSV)
In Mel Brooks' latest movie, "Life Stinks," Brooks plays a wealthy businessman, Goddard Bolt. Goddard Bolt has the very best of everything money could buy. He's wealthy and his sights are set on making more. His plan is to tear down some old downtown buildings and construct a modern complex with luxury condominiums and a mall.

"What about the people living down there?" one of his employees asks him. "What people?" Goddard Bolt asks, "There are only old deserted buildings." What he doesn't take into account are the homeless people living in those "old deserted buildings".

A wager is made that Brook's character cannot live among the street people for thirty days. He accepts this wager. While he is living on the streets, he makes some friends among the homeless and discovers that they are not bad people. On a rainy night one of his new friends, Sailor, dies on the street and the next morning is found on the sidewalk. No one cares. No one even stops to see if he is dead or alive.

At the end of the thirty days Goddard Bolt is a changed man. No longer is making money his only goal in life. Now he wants to build new homeless shelters where he once planned luxury condominiums.

Dear God, turn my selfishness into ministry. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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