It was a story of local interest with the outcome that touched hearts everywhere. A terrible mistake was made which could have devastated a group of Girl Scouts. There was no intentional harm; it was an honest mistake.
Everyone loves the time of year in which Girl Scout Cookies are sold. A lot of us get into friendly arguments annually over which kind of the cookies are best. This year was no different. It appears the Thin Mints and the Samoas are the favorites of most. You can see the girls with tables loaded with cookies for sale at the mall, the grocery store, and even the flea markets.
The thing that was different this year was in the ordering of cookies for one particular Girl Scout group. The adult leader in charge of the order had intended to order 500 boxes, but mistakenly ordered 500 cases. If you are not familiar with the proceedings of paying for the cookies, the supplier gives the group a designated time in which to sell and pay for the cookies, and if that deadline isn't met, a collection agency gets involved.
Frantic mothers were helping the girls sell all the cookies as the June 3 due date on the bill approached, but was no chance. Even the girls that won the contest of selling the most cookies from year to year couldn't sell enough to make up the difference. The bill collector was ready to start knocking on the door.
The news around town today was about an anonymous cookie buyer who wrote a huge check to buy all the remaining inventory of the cookies. At the cost of over $2,000 this unknown person picked up the tab and relieved the worries of the group. The cookies were then donated to a local food bank.
There are lots of good people in our world, and today a group of local Girl Scouts are praising the actions of one who wants nor expects praise......the person that bailed them out. All is well and the girls, along with an entire community has learned what it means to be a good neighbor.
Do you have a neighbor in trouble? Have you recently known of a problem situation needing help and thought, "I don't want to get involved." And exactly who is my neighbor?
Jesus answered the same question when it was asked by "an expert in the law." That answer is given to us, too, in Luke 10:30-35. Read that story today and then pledge to be a neighbor to someone this weekend. It will make a difference for your neighbor and even a larger difference in you.