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A Million Dollar Mistake

Charles Pugh tells about diving away from a bank drive-thru window in wonderment. The teller had not greeted him or expressed thanks as he completed his transaction. He says that even though he did not deposit much money, he was still from the old school that believes you give the customer special attention.

It reminds me of John Barrier who pulled his old pickup truck into the U.S. Bank of Washington parking lot one day in Spokane, Washington. Dressed in his usual shabby clothes, he paid a quick visit to his broker, which was located in the building, and went back outside to drive away. The parking lot attendant informed Barrier that a new 60 cent parking fee has just been instituted, but that the parking was free if he could get his ticket validated from someone in the bank. Now, Barrier had been a customer there for several years, so he ran back inside, in his usual shabby clothes, to get his ticket stamped. Inside, the teller took one look at Barrier's grubby clothes, made an assumption, and refused to stamp his ticket. She said the bank could only validate ticket when customers made a transaction. After being directed to a fairly new vice-president Barrier was basically told the same thing.

"Fine," Barrier said. "I'll make a transaction!" He then proceeded to withdraw all his money – slightly more than a million dollars – and took it to a bank a block away. That is, after he got his parking ticket stamped!

The Hebrew writer says, "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. "(Heb. 13:2) Nearly every time the church assembles visitors are present. How do we receive them? How do we show respect for some and not for others? Remember, "What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?"

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward