The measure of a man?

My friend, may I ask you a question? By what tool does the world measure you? Are you known for what you’ve done and who you are or by what you do and who you touch? Is the better measure one that brings who and what you are into a perspective of a real worth, a worth that perhaps the world may never know?

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

I have two tape measures in my old toolbox. One is pretty old and many of the marks along the blade are worn away. In some places there are no marks at all. Yet, I hang on to the old tape because of the brand name, Stanley, on the outside of the tape measure is well known. You just can’t throw away a tape measure like that despite the fact that it’s difficult if not impossible to read the measuring marks on it. I picked up the other tape measure in a hardware store bargain bin a few year’s back. It’s not a Stanley but it shows every measure, even down to the smallest 16th of an inch. When I need to measure, I reach for the no-name tape measure every time. One is a measuring tool, the other just a name.

By what tool does the world measure you? Are you known for what you’ve done and who you are or by what you do and who you touch? Is the better measure one that brings who and what you are into a perspective of a real worth, a worth that perhaps the world may never know?

Here’s a story. In March 1939, Japanese Consul-General Chiune Sugihara was sent to the capital of Lithuania. Chiune had barely settled down in his new post when Nazi armies invaded Poland and a wave of Jewish refugees streamed into Lithuania. They brought with them chilling tales of German atrocities against the Jewish population. In June 1940, the Soviets invaded Lithuania and soon after ordered all foreign embassies to leave. Three times Sugihara wired Tokyo for permission to provide Japanese visas to Jews; three times he was rejected. Sugihara, a committed Christian, had to choose between his job and those whose lives hung in the balance. For 29 days, from July 31 to August 28, 1940, Mr. and Mrs. Sugihara sat for endless hours writing and signing visas by hand. They wrote over 300 visas a day, ultimately his work saved 6,000 Jews. Back in Japan, Sugihara’s remaining days were spent selling light bulbs. When his story was finally told, his son was asked, “How did your father feel about his choice?” “My father’s life was fulfilled. When God needed him to do the right thing, he was available to do it.” (Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2003)

By the world’s standards, Sugihara didn’t measure up. Fame, fortune and honor had eluded him because of the choices he made. He died in relative obscurity. Yet, the things of this world: fame, fortune, and popularity, measured by God’s tape measure are but inaccurate measures, of little use to God who’s interested in a more exacting measure than these. He measures us by our inward strength and our willingness to remain obedient to his Word. He measures us by the right choices that we make rather than outward appearances and worldly striving. These are truly, perfect measures of a man worthy of the name Christian. Close isn’t good enough when it comes to serving our God. His measure is perfection, the perfection that only Christ has achieved and you and I must always aspire for. We will never achieve it, but in aspiring we have chosen the right measure; the one brand name you can really trust–Christ. All other brands are just that, brands that don’t measure up.

We pray. Heavenly Father, comparison always leave us feeling like we don’t measure up. We can try to do more and be more, yet it’s never enough. So, the next time we’re tempted to use the measuring stick of comparison Lord, help us by focusing us upward on Christ and who we are in HIM! Lord, thank You that in Christ I’m chosen, holy and dearly loved. When I’m tempted to measure myself according to the world’s standards or my foolish comparisons, help me recognize Satan’s lies, refuse his temptations and rely on your truth about me instead. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

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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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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