I was walking in to the office one day and I heard a guy tell somebody on the phone that his keys were locked in his truck, then he went outside and sat on the steps with his head in his hands. It's raining really hard, I didn't want to get all wet ….. OK,OK I thought, I'll go break in to his car. I went out to him. "locked your keys in the car?" .."yep" .. "want me to break in to it for you?" … "That would be great!" … ya,ya ...new hope and everything, I'm going to get soaked, I had a really bad attitude …. "I'll go get my break in tools.". I've got break in tools because lot of people come to church and lock their keys in their car. We're in the rain, I'm working on it, and his wife drives up, little kid on her hip. Great, I think, she'll have keys. "Did you bring a key?" .. "nope that's the only one, that one in the truck". Then she says: "I love this church, they can do anything!!!". Well that was it! I had no choice after that, no giving up, I had to open it, no matter what. A tornado could come, lightning could strike it, but I had to open that truck. Remember "they can do anything". My record on breaking in to cars is pretty good, I broke in to #170 last week and that's out of 170 tries. We had one guy that went to get a brick while we were trying to get his car open. We talked him in to going to church while he worked on it. Got to have patience. The biggest worry about breaking in to a car is getting the tool stuck in the door. It's sometimes easier to open the door than to get tool back out. I had one lady that was here from St Louis. I got her door open, but the tool went home with her. I asked her to send it back, but no luck so far. That was my "Z" tool. I've got a whole case of tools but the only ones I ever use are the "Z" tool, the "S" tool, the "Horseshoe" tool, and the wedges and the long reach tool. So Monday morning, in the rain, one hour later, I've got one "Horseshoe" tool stuck in the driver's side and one in the passenger side. The "S" tool never moves the pop-up button and it's looking iffy. My "Z" tool, the one that I need to open this car is in St Louis, and I'm so wet that I've got water squishing out of my shoes. But there is no way this truck is going to beat me! Time to bend some stuff. I made a homemade "Z" tool and had it open in about 2 minutes, it took another 20 minutes to get my other tools out of the doors. No big deal a victory is a victory. I think it was number 41. Ain't no stinking truck gon'a mess up my record. Remember she said "They can do anything!!!"
God's like that: He never promised things would go quick, he just promised we would get there. Never give up, try something different, never give up, try something else different, never give up, rest, go again, never give up. That's why pro boxers go 15 rounds, and baseball games are 9 innings, and tennis matches are 5 sets. It may seem long, but things change, people change their minds, and unexpected stuff happens. Ask God to help, he will. never give up!
Maybe I'll go bend some stuff, just to practice?
How about saving a kid's life!!
When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.
Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.
Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).
Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.
Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.