My friend, may I ask you a question? Is it possible for little cracks lead to big breaks? And, what happens when big breaks lead to big problems? If you don’t see the warning signs in the first place, can those little cracks become something hard to cope with altogether?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, once wrote, “A little honesty is better than any career.” Wouldn’t it be great if that little tidbit was printed on the outside of every diploma conferred on the young men and women in our country this year? Can you imagine each one of them dwelling, if but for a moment, on that kind of wisdom? In a culture so obsessed with success at any price, it would be refreshing if the first matter of business pursued upon graduation were the pursuit of integrity, the firm adherence to a code of especially moral conduct.
Wouldn’t it be refreshing if everyone in this crazy culture we live in today put doing it right before doing it to the utmost? Just think how that would change the face of our culture, if only each one of us would be willing to focus on goodness over getting the goods?
Here’s a story: Coach Cleveland Stroud led the Rockdale County High School Bulldogs basketball team to a very successful 21-5 season several years ago. The town of Conyers was ecstatic! However, the Georgia High School Athletic Association stripped the Bulldogs of their state championship title after Rockdale County High School officials said that a Bulldog player had been scholastically ineligible to play. The player had only played 45 seconds in the first of the school’s five postseason games. Coach Stroud said, “We didn’t know it until a few weeks ago. Some people have said we should have just kept quiet about it, that it was just 45 seconds and the player wasn’t an impact player. But you’ve got to do what’s honest and right and what the rules say. I told my team that people forget the scores of basketball games; they don’t ever forget what you’re made of.” (Tim Brown, Newsletter Hopewell Baptist Church)
On the surface it really doesn’t seem possible that people will focus on “what we’re made of” as opposed to what we do in this life. But, when you think about it from a historical perspective, it really is pretty true. What do we remember about Abraham Lincoln or George Washington? It’s Honest Abe and Washington, “the Father of his country”. It’s their character that mattered most of all. Both Lincoln and Washington won and lost many battles, but it’s their integrity that has endeared them to us. May it be, when we are gone from this earth, that each of us will be measured by the “peaceful, simple lives of goodness” we’ve led. In the end, there is no greater legacy than that.
We pray: Heavenly Father. Honesty is the power against all deceptions. Direct Your Spirit of honesty upon us, that our souls may always remain stainless. Guide our daily thoughts, words and actions, to join those living by the Spirit of truth. For honesty yields harmony and loyalty, enriching all human relationships. By the power of Your Spirit that flourishes, we pray that honesty will prevail in this world! That all that is true is founded on knowledge and not our longings. In Jesus' name, 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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