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Immediate Past State Deputy 2019 - 2020

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Bob Baemmert

November 2019


We live in a complex world. If you don’t think so, try to update your computer or your phone. My observation is that sometimes we, as humans, make it even more complicated. Let’s take doing acts of Charity as an example. As we all know, Charity is our first principal and the key to living a charmed life. Here is the example:

A man comes up to you and asks you for some spare change or you drive by one of those people who are holding a cardboard sign asking for help. What do you do? |

I have heard remarkably complex reasons from intelligent folks why not to help them. “You are enabling them!” or “They are probably going to spend the money on drugs or alcohol anyway!” or “There is a whole syndicate of these panhandlers that make thousands of dollars begging money from people!”  While any or all of these things may be true, you really can’t be sure if any of them are true and your teaching compels you to help. So, what do you do?

I suggest that you simply give them an amount that you are comfortable with, say a dollar, and then say this prayer.

“Dear God. I’m not sure if I’m helping or hurting this person but I’m trying to help - I’m leaving the rest for you to sort out.”

Stay Happy in the Lord until next month!


Bob Baemmert

Immediate Past State Deputy