Posted by Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage

Have you ever met anyone that had nothing, barely making it day by day, but yet they tell you that they are blessed. A few weeks ago I noticed a man digging in the neighbors trash looking for cans, bottles and plastic to recycle. It doesn't make me real happy to see someone digging in my trash so before he got my house we talked for a minute. I told him that I recycle also, but I told him I would give him all that I had. He told me that this was his job. He said that he makes enough money to tithe, pay his rent and eat. He proceeded to tell me that HE IS BLESSED I didn't ask any question on why he was in this predicament, but I could tell that he was a happy man.

Proverbs 10

5 He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

7 The memory of the righteous will be a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.

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Hi Ginger,

I grew up fairly poor, though not homeless, and I can tell you that we had everything we needed and were very happy, providing some of the best memories of my life.
God bless,

September 20, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Well...a strange story....but God does tell us to be content having food and clothing ...guess this person was living in this contented state and so should we.

September 20, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Our wealth is in the blessings He, and He alone, can bestow. Your story is proof of that.

September 20, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Sometimes we need to scrape the bottom of the barrel to get to the REAL treasures.

September 20, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Blessings are in the eye of the beholder it seems. This story reminded me of when we lived in The Philippines in the late 70's and people went through our garbage nearly every day to find and eat our scraps. We were told our garbage was "rich" for them...We are richly blessed aren't we that our food and our income does not depend on someone else's garbage!

September 20, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Bless his heart!
... and Bless you, too, for the charitable manner in which you approached this fellow traveler. I truly believe there are no "accidental" encounters!

Have a wonderful new week, OK?

September 20, 2009 at 4:12 PM

What a blessing to be so content! I grew up with plenty to eat and a sturdy roof over my head, clothes to wear (sometimes hand-me-downs) but we were not what you would call "well off," yet I FELT very well off because what we had was sufficient for our needs. It's all in the eye of the beholder, I guess. Have a blessed week.


September 20, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Excellent post, Ginger. You are a good example for us. Thanks for this good post. Have a great week.

September 20, 2009 at 5:24 PM

He truly understands happiness.

September 20, 2009 at 6:25 PM

This is an inspiring post, Ginger. The picture is so pretty too. I'm glad you shared this.

September 20, 2009 at 6:41 PM

The man you met seems like he knows what many of us sometimes forget, that each day God gives us is a blessing. Too many times we focus on how many "things" we have to determine how blessed we are.

Thanks for reminding me what is really important.

Anita :)

September 20, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Hello Ginger,

This is encouraging to read of someone who is truly thankful and to remember to be thankful for our blessings.

September 20, 2009 at 9:54 PM

Hi--answering you questions about washing dishes by hand--probably wouldn't save you much since you only do them 3 times a week. There is something I like about doing the dishes by hand--it is somehow comforting to me--sounds crazy--but I like standing in front of the kitchen window and washing dishes (as long as there are not too many!)It would be interesting to google about money saved--but I think you wouldn't if you only do it a few times a week.

September 20, 2009 at 11:14 PM

hee is an article about washing dishes and it says the energy efficient dishwashers save you money over washing by hand! :

September 20, 2009 at 11:25 PM

How inspiring that man was! I am always amazed at people who can look beyond their circumstances at the bigger picture. This man chooses to look at life positively and gives God the praise in all things.

He is truly content - what a HUGE lesson for us all!
Thanks for sharing your story today.
Blessings to you,

September 21, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Ginger, I loved this. I need to be thankful each and everyday for the generosity of God. He gives us all we need.

God bless.

September 21, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Often we find that folks who have much are not very happy and folks who have little rejoice in what they have. Not that I wouldn't mind having a little more, mind you.

September 22, 2009 at 6:48 AM

this made me reflect on my own life.

He said that he makes enough money to tithe, pay his rent and eat. --- to tithe! he even remembered to tithe. this man is not just a happy man. i can say that he's far better than me. truly he is blessed.

September 23, 2009 at 4:06 AM

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