The night the Titanic sank in 1912

The night the Titanic sank in 1912 on April 14th, 1,528 people went into the frigid waters. John Harper, after putting his only daughter on a lifeboat, was seen swimming frantically to people in the water leading them to Jesus before the hypothermia became fatal. Rev. Harper swam up to one young man who had climbed up on a piece of debris. Rev. Harper asked him between breaths, “Are you saved?” The young man replied that he was not.

Harper then tried to lead him to Christ only to have the young man who was near shock, reply no. John Harper then took off his life jacket and threw it to the man and said “Here then, you need this more than I do…” and swam away to other people. A few minutes later Harper swam back to the young man and succeeded in leading him to salvation. Of the 1,528 people that went into the water that night, six were rescued by the lifeboats. One of them was this young man on the debris. Four years later, at a survivors meeting, this young man stood up and in tears recounted how John Harper had led him to Christ. Rev. Harper had tried to swim back to help other people, yet because of the intense cold, had grown too weak to swim. His last words before going under in the frigid waters were “Believe on the name of the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” Does Hollywood remember this man? No. Oh well, no matter. This servant of God did what he had to do. While other people were trying to buy their way onto the lifeboats and were selfishly trying to save their own lives, John Harper gave up his life so that others could be saved.

John Harper knew what it meant to live life with urgency.

Acts of Kindness

Homeless Man ‘What Can I Get for $0.50?’–Boy’s Answer Is Wise Beyond His Years

Everyone working in the hospitality industry knows how gruelling it can be. Careless customers who are somehow “always right,” have bad attitudes or absolutely no manners, and the list goes on.

But after hearing this story, it got us thinking… How joyful could every industry be if they had more employees like Matthew Resendez?

It all happened on a regular day at Burger King, when a homeless man walked into the fast food restaurant Matthew works at. The man strolled in wearing scruffy clothes and looked untidy.

None of that stopped Matthew from treating the man like he treats everyone else – as a human being.

With some change in his hand – 50 cents in total – he asked Matthew if there was anything on the menu he could buy.

Knowing that the man, unfortunately, would not be able to afford anything on the Burger King menu, Matthew answered a question with question.

He asked the man what he would purchase if he could, to which he responded that anything would help his aches and pains.

Time and again, employees or managers kick homeless people out of establishments with little to no dialogue. Whether it’s some food or kind words they’re looking for, those generous acts can go a long way.

Already, Matthew’s story of kindness has reached millions and we hope it reaches millions more! It’s stories like this one that keep us hopeful for the world and younger generations.