Tom was not well-educated and rather rough and crude around the edges, but he was recently converted and now on fire for the Lord.
He was constantly pestering the pastor to give him some work that would be helpful to the church. Finally the pastor agreed. He gave Tom a list of ten people who hadn’t been in church for years nor made any financial contribution. Some of these were quite prominent in the community.
The pastor said, “What I want you to do is get these people back to church, however you can. You can use church stationery if you want, but get these people back to church.”
Three weeks later the pastor got an envelope in the mail from a prominent doctor whose name had been on the list, along with a check for $1,000 and a note that read, “Dear Pastor, Please excuse my inactivity at church. I really have no excuse. Accept this check as a partial contribution for all the Sundays I’ve missed, and be assured I will never, by choice, miss worship again.
Sincerely, J. B. Jones, M.D.
P.S. – Will you kindly tell your secretary that there is only one ‘t’ in dirty and no ‘c’ in skunk?”