Six years back, my middle daughter felt 11
months pregnant with her first child.
As Lyon County Deputy District Attorney, she
served several small, rural cities in Nevada and
jailing bad guys required traveling the backroads.
As a perk, the county provided her retired
patrol cars, so essentially, she was driving the law
enforcement version of a ranch pickup minus the
cracked windshield, rifle-rack and bale spinner.
One hot July
afternoon, her squad car blew a tire.
Because she was a ranch kid, this wasn’t her
first flat, so she pulled off the road to change the
With the jack in place and the lug nuts loosened,
she strained to free the spare tire.
She quickly discovered, the fleshy spare tire
she felt strapped to her belly hindered reaching the
real one hidden in the trunk.
A passing motorist spotted her struggle and
stopped to lend a hand.
The nicest man I will never know, changed her
tire and the only way I can ever thank that
gentleman is to pay his kindness forward.
A couple years ago on New Year’s
Day, the trophy wife and I were motoring home after
a weekend in Wyoming.
North of Lodge Grass we spotted a pickup
parked along the highway with its hood up.
At first, I thought the driver was a young
lady, but discovered a teenage boy wearing a fur hat
with shoulder length ear flaps.
I asked if they needed help and they
mentioned they had a small fuel problem; they had
The younger of the two boys asked for a lift to his
house in Lodge Grass where he could get another car
and a gas can.
He hopped in the back seat of my crew cab and
sincerely thanked me for the ride.
I really didn’t do much, but I did what I
could and this brings me to my point.
Montana is on fire and Texas is
underwater and the loss of life and property is
On the bright side, social media is filled
with heartwarming stories and video clips of
strangers helping strangers; a stark contrast to the
images recently fed us from Charlottesville.
Compassion for others shows the innate
generosity God has placed in the soul of mankind and
helping others brings glory to Him.
When the water has dried and the snow has
smothered the flames, evil forces will again to
attempt to divide us.
Never forget we are all Americans serving but
one king—King Jesus.