Man on the Roof Faith

Don’t be like that guy on the rooftop…

You’ve all probably heard the apocryphal story about the guy stuck on his rooftop during a terrible flood who was praying to God for help.

A rowboat came by and shouted for the man to jump down. “It’s OK,” said the man of faith. “I’m praying to God, and He’s going to save me.” So, the rowboat moved on to help someone else.

Then a motorboat came by. “Jump in,” said the Good Samaritan. “I can save you.” But the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God. He is going to save me.” So, the motorboat went on.

Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.” Again, the stranded man replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me.” So, the helicopter pilot reluctantly flew away.

Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. When he got to heaven he asked God, “I had faith in you, but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. Why?” To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat, a motorboat, and a helicopter. What more did you expect?” Don’t be like that guy on the rooftop…

I did not write this and could not find an author to attribute this story for their credit. This story is a great lesson in not recognizing the opportunities presented to us that come our way each day. And they come every day.

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