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A French Baker, a Homeless Man, and Botched Opportunity

There arose a heart-warming story not too long ago of a French baker who almost died of carbon monoxide poisoning in his shop, only to be rescued at the last minute by a homeless man passing by who raised the alarm. The baker, understandably grateful for the heroic action, pledged to generously "sell" his business to the homeless man for just one euro as a gesture of his immense gratitude. However, recently the 62-year-old store owner was greeted by a rude surprise. "I returned to the bakery at 10:30, 11:00 at night as usual," he said, "and discovered that Jerome [the homeless man] had set up a bar of sorts with wine and beer, and all his homeless friends were in the oven room. I told him this was not part of the deal. Tempers rose and he started insulting me, so I told him to pack his bags and go."

Possible Preaching Angle:

tells a similar tale: "A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. But what if the servant is evil and thinks, 'My master won't be back for a while,' and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk?" In a sense, every human being has a Jerome-like opportunity. What are you doing with your amazing opportunity?


Reuters, “French baker fires his savior instead of giving him his business,” Yahoo News (4-19-16)

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