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Earning Your Cadillac Day

                                                                        
     June 13, 2018

Dear Friends,
I love EZ- Pass.  I used it for the first time this week.  I drove right through
the toll plazas in New York without stopping.  It was like getting a free ride.  
I know there's no such thing.  I just got the bill.

A story I heard years ago came to mind.  My friend, Frank, told of a man
on Route 95 who was cut off by another man weaving in and out of traffic.  
It made him angry.  What could he do?

As luck would have it he spotted the car when he stopped at the rest area
a little later.  It was hard to miss.  The clueless man drove a big red Cadillac.  
He drove like the world owed him something.

As they both left the rest area, Frank's friend sped up to get in front of
him.  There was a toll both ahead.  Now this was back when you had to
pay the toll at every booth.  So when they got to the toll plaza, he paid
for himself and the man who'd cut him off.

It sure seemed like a nice gesture.  He did it again and again.  Each time
he told the attendant to just wave the man behind him through and tell
him it was "Cadillac Day on the freeway."

You can imagine how this fed the Cadillac driver's ego.  At the fifth toll
plaza the other man decided that it was time to get his revenge.  So he
simply paid for himself and drove on.

Of course, the Cadillac Man was unaware of what happened and he just
sailed through the booth and waved at the attendant.  Needless to say it
wasn't long before he saw the flashing lights.

There are grace moments when we receive unexpected blessings.  Yet
there are other times when we get what we deserve.  If you only live for
yourself, you will often reap what you sow.

Life has its own way of blessing us when we learn to forgive those who
offend us and then give it to God.  So let God handle it.  You may not
get a free ride but more often than not, you may just get a free pass
down the road because God loves you!

God Bless!  See you in church.

Cal
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