The $50 Lesson: A Story of Conservative Values



Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

The $50 Lesson: A Story of Conservative Values
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Recently, while I was working in the flower beds in the front yard, my neighbors stopped to chat as they returned home from walking their dog. During our friendly conversation, I asked their little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day.

Both of her parents, liberals, were standing there, so I asked her, “If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?” She replied… “I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.”

Her parents beamed with pride!

“Wow…what a worthy goal!” I said. “But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that!” I told her.

“What do you mean?” she replied.

So I told her, “You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and trim my hedge, and I’ll pay you $50. Then you can go over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out and give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.”


She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?”

I said, “Brilliant my dear, you now understand conservative values.”

Her parents aren’t speaking to me anymore.

Matthew 25:29 (NLT) To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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4 thoughts on “The $50 Lesson: A Story of Conservative Values

  1. Well, I’ve seen and helped homeless people in my travels. I still do. I don’t ask them what they’re going to do with what I give them, nor do I ask them if they’re conservative or liberal, democrat or republican. It kind of takes away from the whole being generous thing. But I see your point about working hard.

    • Thanks Greg. It wasn’t really about asking people about what they do with what I give them. I’ve worked in a homeless shelter and I am full of compassion, not questions for them. That wasn’t the point. The point is teaching people to fish so they can get on their feet.

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