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Revenge

During the Korean War, some American soldiers rented a house and hired a local boy to do their housekeeping and cooking. It was common for soldiers to get that kind of set-up for easy-come, easy-go, easy-pay. This particular Korean fellow had an unbelievable positive attitude and was always smiling.

To amuse themselves, the soldiers played one trick after another on the young man. They nailed his shoes to the floor, and he'd get up in the morning, pull the nails out with pliers and slip his shoes on, always maintaining his excellent spirit. They put grease on the stove handles, and he would wipe each one off, smiling and singing his way through the day. They balanced buckets of water over the door, and he'd get drenched, but he would dry off and never fuss, time after time.

Finally, the soldiers became so ashamed of themselves that they called the young man in one day and said, "We want you to know that we're never going to trick you again. Your attitude has been outstanding."

The young man asked, "You mean no more nail shoes to floor?" "No more," came the reply.

"You mean no more sticky on stove knobs?"

"No more."

"You mean no more water buckets on door?"

"No more."

"OK then," the young man responded with a smile and a shrug. "No more spit in soup."

Are you a vengeful person? God says that we are supposed to let our light shine and to let Him worry about vengeance. Will you do it?

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward