My friend, may I ask you a question? It has been said that a thread will tie an honest man better than a rope will tie a thief. When you think about it, this is the power of honesty. When we determine that we will not only be honest but that we will look for it in others even when it is hard to find, will our hearts are prepared to receive it?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
It’s a sad commentary on our times that when honesty is mentioned it is often preceded by the words “Old-fashioned.” Have we become so conditioned to the dishonest that we aren’t able to identify an honest deed or word when it bites us in the leg? Is honesty such a rare commodity that there is only one way to get it--borrow it from the past?
Whatever happened to the day when a man’s word was his bond and his promises foretold the future. There was a time when a man’s word really meant something. It seems that today not only does the simple act of promising have little effect on us, the day of the word and a handshake deal are fast disappearing. Signing on the dotted line is what we want, not a reassuring word or a firm grip. Cold, hard ink is our bond and we feel insecure until a promise is contracted on paper as opposed to in oath in person.
We have become so enamored with the contract that even when trust is apparent, we don’t see it. Take the story of the man who wasn’t prepared for the approach rural Maine businessmen take toward their customers. Shortly after he moved there, he rented a rototiller. The store owner showed him how it worked and explained that the charge was not based on how many hours he had it out, but rather how long it was actually used. Looking over the tiller for some king of meter, he asked, “How will you know how long I’ve used it?” With a puzzled look, the owner simply said, “You tell me.” (Loren Morse, Reader's Digest, March 1991)
It has been said that a thread will tie an honest man better than a rope will tie a thief. When you think about it, this is the power of honesty. When we determine that we will not only be honest but that we will look for it in others even when it is hard to find, our hearts are prepared to receive it. They are thus purified. God wants us to have clean hands and a pure heart in order that we might receive His blessings. Only when we entertain honesty, in ourselves and in others, will we be so blessed. The Lord grant that each of us may be so bound by honesty that our hearts remain pure and our hands clean!
We pray: Heavenly Father, trusting others to be fair, to be honest and to be gracious to us under all circumstances is extremely difficult because it opens us up to others in a way that is difficult for us to be comfortable with. Despite the fact that we want to trust others, the society we live in makes it difficult, if not impossible to do it. Father, help us to be more trusting in others. Especially teach us to be honest and fair to our brothers and sisters in Christ so that they will trust us. Forgive us Lord for ever giving others the feeling that we can’t be trusted. Help us to offer others, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ, a personality that helps them to trust us, completely, as they trust You. 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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