Just before the offering was taken, the pastor stood to encourage members to give.

He said, “Today, I want to remind you of 3 things before the offering.
First, what you give is tax-deductible.
Second, what you give cannot be taken with you.
Third, ‘..the love of money is the root of all evil.’”

Gal 6:1-3
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

In 1976, in Spokane, Washington the Special Olympics were being held.
In one event, the runners set out at the start, but one soon fell.
Most of the other runners kept on, but two of them did something fantastic.

They stopped, went back to the fallen competitor, and finished the race arm-in-arm together!
As they finished the race, the cheers and applause were greater for them than for the winner!

Of course, they came in last.
But they finished!
And, they finished TOGETHER!

Today, more than 37 years later, this one example is used most when describing the “Special Olympics.”

The Special Olympics oath is: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

May we, as Christians, also be brave in our attempt to help others along the race of life.
And, may we Christians exhibit this example in our lives.

Life is not about winning.
It's about helping others along the way.

Let us show compassion toward those who are hurting.
Let us extend a helping had to those who are fallen.

What you do to help others will long be remembered!

Love ya!