By CHARLES BOOTHE - |
I heard a story about a fellow whose wife learned he had won a million dollars from the lottery ticket he had purchased the previous day.
She had the ticket, checked the numbers and was, of course, thrilled.
The problem was, her husband had a heart condition and the doctor insisted he should take it easy, be as calm as possible, never get excited.
Not knowing how to break the news to him, fearing his heart would fail, she called their pastor and he agreed to gently tell the man of his good fortune.
The pastor came by and was at the house when the man arrived from work. He took him outside on the patio and carefully started working his way into the news.
"John," he said, "I have a question for you."
"Sure," the man said, "fire away," already anticipating it must be something rather serious.
"John, what would you do if I told you that you had won a million dollars?" the pastor asked, very seriously.
Just as seriously, John put his hand on the pastor's shoulder, looked him in the eye and said, "Pastor, you've been a great friend, and there is no question that I would give you half of it."