The Gratitude Factor.

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Forum topic by pashley posted 09-08-2008 02:10 AM 966 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2008 02:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lectern

I, and I’m sure many others, would like to hear stories of gratitude, stemming from a wood project you did for some one – whether paid, or not. I get a sense of accomplishment and pride with pieces I’ve done that I really like; the frosting on the cake is when the recipient is wowed. I’d like to hear stories from you guys! Here’s one from me:

A project I did this summer, found here, was for the pastor of a small, rural church in upstate New York. A good friend of mine attends the church, and is pretty good friends with the pastor. The problem was that the pastor only had this metal, roll-around thingy (that looked like it was a musician’s stand), to place his Bible and other materials needed for his sermon that day, and they would often fall off, or he’d run out of room.

Well, long story short, my friend was talking with the pastor about the issue, and my name came up, that I do some decent woodworking, and so on, and I was contracted to do the lectern. Being a church, I told them I would donate the time, if they bought the materials. Agreed.

I got the project done in a few months, and about $300 over budget. My fault – my estimation was awful, and I wasted a little too much lumber. This was before I got familiar with Sketchup! Anyhow, brought the lectern up, and presented it to the pastor. He was overwhelmed – even had tears in his eyes (WOW). Seems he’d been asking his congregation to get him one for years…and now this really nice one comes along! He just kept saying “Wow, wow….” – I could tell he was really bowled over. Cool.

So we settled up on the money, and his treasurer gives me the additional $300, plus another $300! I told my friend that if they had wanted to give me a little thank-you money, $100 would have been fine (he’d said earlier they would probably insist). I felt really good about the whole deal.

Well, about 2 months after that, I get a thank-you card in the mail, from the pastor, again saying how much he loves it, and other people have been commenting on it, etc…and sends me another $200! Wow, I was really bowled over. Honestly, I needed the money…had some unexpected bills. Guess God was doing a little payback.. :)

So that’s my story…made me really good about that project, how it will serve (hopefully well) God’s purposes.

I’d like to hear you stories as well!

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 09-08-2008 01:16 PM

(Finding it hard to believe no one has added to this) :(

-- Have a blessed day!

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#2 posted 09-08-2008 01:34 PM

Patrick..perhaps its because your story is so overwhelming.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#3 posted 09-08-2008 01:38 PM

Are you serious? I didn’t think it was that overwhelming…like I helped a kid with cancer, or something.

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#4 posted 09-08-2008 02:16 PM

the little (and not so little) gifts in life can really make a difference.
We do need to hear more of the goodness factor!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 09-08-2008 02:24 PM

Thank you for sharing your time and talent to do God’s work.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 09-08-2008 03:05 PM

The good book says that you cannot get to heaven on good works alone!
But boy it sure feels great to be able to help out with no hidden agenda or expecting anything in return.
This seems to be almost a daily thing in my life…..I feel you get what you deserve and helping others that are truley in need is a blessing into itself.
Great job!

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#7 posted 09-08-2008 03:24 PM

Great story and a beautiful lecturn you’ve made.

I’m reminded of a little old lady i did some rotted window work for not long ago. She invited me into her kitchen when i was done to have a glass of water while she wrote me a check. I noticed her corner lazy susan in her cabinets was stuck in the open position. She said something like “Oh i wish that thing was in the trash…Hasn’t worked for 20 years”. So i got out my screwdriver and it took me all of 3 minutes to get it revolving like it should. The way she looked at me and thanked me was just priceless. I’m convinced she was more excited and geeked about having that done for her than all the windows i fixed.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 09-08-2008 03:33 PM

see? that’s what “Gratitude” is all about.. those acts of giving “beyond” the expected.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 09-08-2008 03:35 PM

Exactly. It’s amazing how appreciative people are of little things like that. Another thing – when I build someone something (say a mantel clock) for Christmas, anniversary, etc, they always remember who gave it to them; that’s not just some store bought thing – it was something hand made by someone they know.

-- Have a blessed day!

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