21 Jul Doing good is a full-time job
Taskmasters don’t come much tougher than Bob Thompson.
🎯For forty years he pushed his highway workers hard six days a week from April to December to finish the job before the first frost.
🎯Their loyalty, sweat, and hard work helped make him a very rich man.
🎯Thompson remembered this and returned the favour.
🎯When he sold his company, Michigan’s largest asphalt and paving business, he gave his 550 current and retired employees $128 million from his gains.
🎯Even surviving spouses got cheques. Some ninety employees became instant millionaires.
🎯Thompson started the Thompson-McCully Company with $3,500 his wife, Ellen, earned from substitute teaching.
🎯The first five years in business were challenging. Thompson didn’t take a salary.
🎯So why later did he give away so much of his fortune?
💥‘It was the right thing to do,’ he said.
💥‘You realise the people around you have gone through all the pain and suffering with you. I wanted to pay them back.’
🎯When the cheques were handed out, Thompson wasn’t present.
💥He said, ‘I didn’t want to be there because it gets too emotional.’
Thompson practised what the apostle Paul talked about: ‘Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable.
💥Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good.’
🎯Doing good is a full-time job.
🎯The person of character is guided by the North Star of goodness that leads him or her to ask in every situation,’What’s the right thing to do?’ 🎯And the answer is always: ‘Do the right thing to others.’
– Bob Gass Ministries