It’s a story about a man named Edmond Dontez escapes from the Cheteau D’if, which is like the Alcatraz of France. Exhausted and wave-battered from his getaway he wakes up on the beach of a far off island to find that he has been discovered by a group of pirates. The pirates had come ashore this secluded landmass to burry one of their men alive, because he had stolen from the rest of the crew.
The other pirates affectionately referred to the thief as “The Maggot.” There were some within the crew that didn’t think he should die, while others had already begun digging his grave.
Upon seeing straggly Dontez, the captain had a thought on how to settle the dispute. He Commanded a knife duel to the death between The Maggot and Dontez.
So the fighting began and with a few swift moves Edmond pinned to the thief to the ground. The he said to him,
“If you wish to live, don’t make a move.”
Edmond then bartered with the captain for both of their lives.
The captain granted his wish, and the defeated man got up and grabbed Dontez by his rags-for-clothing and said, “I swear on all of my dead relatives, even the ones that aren’t feeling so well, I will be your man forever.”
As the story progressed, sure enough the Maggot followed Edmond Dontez the rest of his life helping find treasure, defeat powers and win back his one true love.
That is great a picture of gratitude and dedication. His entire life became one big, “thank you.”
Psalm 100 says, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving in your heart.”