Why it’s important to pay your tithes

State: Florida

Today I woke up early well rested next to my cuddle buddy Mia (Jim and Leanna’s cat). I took advantage of the thing I often dream about (a hot shower), while I had the opportunity and then repacked my backpack.

It was a bit heavier from all the kindness (food) Jim and Leanna put into it.

I went to Jim and Leanna’s church (Radiant Church), today. Jim had to get there early being the young adults director. Leanna drove me and monster to the church and I forgot that they had mentioned that it was in a movie theater.

It was awesome! First, I was greeted by tons of great people who knew about me because Jim and Leanna had been telling everyone about me. Then when we attended service I was blown away at how great this church truly is.

Not only was the music awesome, but the sermon was incredibly well done.

The pastor really engaged the church goers by talking about how just by the act of smiling we can make our mood change for the better and that it works for body language as well. He said that there was a study done where people underwent a job interview and beforehand they were either told to do a power pose or a weaker nervous pose for like 5 minutes. The ones that did the power pose did exponentially better than the others. So he had us all do super hero poses while he prayed.

He also got talking about the rule of 3 because he is in the marines. The rule of 3 is a survival system that lets you know you can go 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. He then brought it around to how Jesus is the breath of life, feeds our soul, and quenches our thirst for righteousness.

I once again made sure to pay my tithes after what’s happened the last few times (God seriously has blessed me).

Leanna had a meeting after and we said our goodbyes because Jim was going to drop me off after we got lunch.

As we were about to leave one of the ladies I got to meet came up to me to wish me good luck on my journey and gave me $10.

Then Jim took me to Chipotle where we met with the other pastors and talked about their mission trips to Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, and where they were going to spread the Word of God.

After getting thoroughly pumped up on all the goodness that surrounded me we said our goodbyes and Jim dropped me off at the Courtney Campbell Causeway that goes from Tampa to Clearwater Florida, but not before praying for my safety and blessing.

Thanks again Jim and Leanna for having me and leading by example of what it is to be a Christian. Also I want to thank all of the people at Radiant Church who are doing such good work and welcomed me like family. God bless you all.

I then began my walk across the causeway. I got some stares and one guy even yelled out his car “You forgot the kitchen sink,” referring to my backpack.

I laughed and continued taking in the beauty of the Tampa Bay.

I got to see some stingrays really close to the shore and all kinds of shore birds. But then I came upon John, who immediately engaged me in conversation about what I was doing.

“Man, I love to hike and survival. I caught a rainbow trout and that’s dinner,” he said pointing out his great catch.

“Nice! Yeah, I love learning about survival. You can never learn enough.”

“Definitely, do you have any favorite survivalists?”

“Yeah, I like the guys off of Dual Survival, Survivorman, and of course Naked and Afraid,” I said and we laughed.

“So where are you headed?”

I told John my plan of working up to Crystal River then over to Ocala National Forest and that I was excited to be able to fully camp since they allow primitive camping there.

I noticed John’s lady friend wasn’t saying much and then John began signing to her. He explained that she didn’t speak any English and he had to learn Spanish Sign Language.

I was blown away of how awesome this was. The lengths John went to, to talk with someone he cared about. I asked her name a few times and I forgot the word but not the hand sign John showed me for her name. The index finger touching the cheek and twisting.

Me, John, and his lady friend.

As I was about to leave because the sun was getting low and I still needed to find a good place to sleep, John told me to wait for him to grab something out of his car.

He came back and handed me $20 to help me on my journey.

“I want to plant some seeds,” John said.

For those of you that don’t know that refers to the term from the Bible reaping what you sow. John wanted to plant some seeds of good works and I in turn will be praying that God blesses John 10 fold what he did for me as I do with everyone that helps me along the way.

After thanking him and saying goodbye to both of them, I couldn’t stop smiling.

“Everytime,” I laughed thinking of my tithes.

Forever your friend,

~The Outsider

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