We've all read the story of Ed Spencer who jumped into the icy waters of Lake Michigan to save seventeen people when the ship "Lady Elgin" sank. After he brought seventeen people to shore he collapsed. Throughout the night he lay in the infirmary. Witnesses said he kept mumbling "Have I done my best?" Edwin Young heard of it and wrote that immortal hymn "Have I done My Best for Jesus?". As Paul Harvey says,"Now the rest of the story".
Ed Spencer gradually recovered from his exposure and exertion. However, it broke his health, from which he never recovered. He moved to California where he spent the rest of his life in seclusion. When he died at the age of 84, a paper told the story and stated that not one of the seventeen he had saved ever thanked him for what he had done.
Oh! How that story should convict us. I read one time that an ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating acorns but never looking up to see where they came from. Each day we are the recipients of God's favor and His blessings. Psalm 68:19 tells us that "God daily loadeth us with His benefits".
Please know how thankful I am for each of you. I appreciate your kindness toward myself and my family. Each of you are a true blessing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy the food, festivities and family. Remember where it all has come from and thank Him for it. God bless you dear and wonderful people. I love you dearly!
See you Sunday!