God is Watching, and Rewards Us In Subtle Ways

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I believe God is watching each of us all of the time, and occasionally rewards us when we are kind, generous, or otherwise exhibit godly behavior. When He shines on me in this way, I think of it as getting a “wink” from God.

Several years ago, one of our adult children asked us for some money (surprise!). It was a fairly large amount, and my wife and I weren’t sure if we could afford it. We talked it over and eventually decided to provide the gift—it just seemed like the right thing to do. Afterward, I was still worrying about having made a mistake. Then just a couple of days later I received a call out of the blue from our tax guy, who said we were owed a tax refund, and it would be coming to us shortly. And it happened to be just about the same amount as the gift we had just given! As you might guess, I was very happy and relieved about this unexpected twist of good fortune.

A few years ago I was driving to a meeting and running late, which is unusual for a Type A like me. As I sped along, suddenly I was stopped by a train, which was on a set of tracks notorious for long freight trains. I could have railed against God for this stroke of bad luck, but for some reason this time I decided to just be peaceful and not allow myself to succumb to anger and frustration. It seemed the wiser thing to do, especially considering that I had no control over the situation anyway. Then, as soon as I made this choice and began to settle in, the train abruptly ended. Sweet! I ended up arriving at my meeting on time after all.

Some of you might say these were coincidences, but I don’t think so. And I’ll bet you have also been rewarded by God in unexpected ways. Do the right thing and God will surely notice, and He might even give you a “wink” in the form of some good fortune.

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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