My friend, may I ask you a question? Even though we often strive to earn respect for our good name, often a momentary lapse could do more harm in a minute to destroy what took a lifetime to build. Don’t you and I need to watch what we say and how we say it?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

I took great pride in being a father and put what I think was a lot of effort into making sure that I always presented the right image to my children. I knew that if I wanted them to respect me as their father, I needed to take being a father seriously. Unfortunately, I remember an occasion when I let a word slip from my mouth that didn’t glorify God and certainly didn’t glorify my image as a father. It was uttered in a moment of frustration and anger and, of course, without thinking. I remember seeing in my daughter’s eyes that it may have only been one word, but I had slipped a few notches on the “Dad” gauge with her.

Even though I strove to earn the name, often a momentary lapse could do more harm in a minute than that striving could do in a lifetime.

Here’s a story: One day after a great battle Alexander the Great was told of a young officer who had been observed fleeing from his post and hiding in a cave during the heart of the battle. Alexander was furious and ordered that the young officer be brought before him. The shaking and shackled young man was dragged before Alexander and thrown prostrate on the floor in front of the general. Alexander commanded that he rise and demanded that he speak his name. The young man quivered and slowly sputtered out the name “Alexander!” “What name did you say?” replied the stunned leader. “He stammered again, “Alexander.” And then he meekly bowed before his general. Alexander rose from his throne and peered down at the quaking lad. Those witnessing expected that an order for execution would be given. But Alexander reached out and lifted the young man’s head. “Either change your name or change your behavior!” he ordered the man. And the man was swiftly led away; relieved but burdened to make good on the command. (Source Unknown.)

Putting the right foot forward from an image perspective is not the easiest thing to do. Fear can stifle a witness easily and put all of our training and learning into jeopardy simply because we experience a moment of doubt, one little lapse of character. But if you and I want to bear the name of “Christ”, there is no room for fear. If we aren’t willing to stand up for the name, then we need to change it. Christian means something and it has nothing to do with running away from our witness to Christ. There is too much at stake to let our “God” gauge slip every one notch.

We pray. Heavenly Father, Lord, I accept responsibility for errors I have made in pursuing my life. I forgive myself for these, and I humbly ask your forgiveness. Please, Lord, help me to understand why I made these errors, and give me the knowledge and strength to avoid repeating these in the future. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (–adapted)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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