My friend, may I ask you a question? Is it always a good thing to give every situation the benefit of the doubt before taking action? With most things in this life, does God given us the time to think before we act? How important is this when we are dealing with another person’s feelings?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Recently a pair of robins decided to nest in a very large wreath that hangs under the eaves of our house. For weeks we watched them build, then incubate the eggs, feed the young birds and, finally, fledge them. Seeing that the nest was empty, and that the wreath had begun to sag badly from top to bottom, I asked my son to climb up on the roof and turn the wreath. “What if they come back to the nest?” he asked. “No, they’re done. I said. “Let’s turn the wreath.” He did and two days later the robins built another nest smack dab on the top of the wreath right where the first one had been.

And so it seems to go every time we think we’re right based merely on how things look at the moment. Here’s a story: Years ago, a 10-year old boy approached the counter of a soda shop and climbed on to a stool. “What does an ice cream sundae cost?” he asked the waitress. “Fifty cents,” she answered. The youngster reached deep in his pockets and pulled out an assortment of change, counting it carefully as the waitress grew impatient. She had “bigger” customers to wait on. “Well, how much would just plain ice cream be?” the boy asked. The waitress responded with noticeable irritation in her voice, “Thirty-five cents.” Again, the boy slowly counted his money. “May I have some plain ice cream in a dish then, please?” He gave the waitress the correct amount, and she brought him the ice cream. Later, the waitress returned to clear the boy’s dish and when she picked it up, she felt a lump in her throat. There on the counter the boy had left two nickels and five pennies. She realized that he had had enough money for the sundae, but sacrificed it so that he could leave her a tip. (Adapted from a Lifetime of Success, Pat Williams)

It’s always good thing to give every situation the benefit of the doubt before taking action. With most things in this life, God has given us the time to think before we act. This is especially important when we are dealing with another person’s feelings. When we assume things, it is often when we are proven wrong. More often than not, jumping to conclusions is a jump is that bound to lead to a fall at the other end of the leap--when we aren’t willing to hear the rest of the story.

We pray. O Almighty and Everlasting God, we thank You our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ Your dear Son that You have showered us with Your undeserved grace. You have kept us this day from harm and danger. You keep us from every evil! Forgive us when we fail to show similar grace and understanding to those who ask nothing from us other than some time, patience and understanding. We ask this 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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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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