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My friend, may I ask you a question? Does every action of our lives touch on some chord that will vibrate in eternity? If the point of this story is to relate how little things can have a widespread effect; rather like throwing a stone into a pond and seeing the ripples spread out and reach the shore, how does that affect you?

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

Mark Twain once wrote that "it's important to do something every day that you don't want to do." That sounds like good advice, but how practical is it really? Living outside of our comfort zone can be, well, uncomfortable, even risky. What really do we gain by doing what we don't want to do? Recently I had the opportunity to find out. Hannah's graduation was coming and it was my task to clean the garage. We're talking about more than just straightening here. People would be eating in my often cluttered and disorderly garage: to Holly that meant cleaning with a capital "C". I didn't want to clean the garage but plunged in anyway. Well, one thing led to another. Before I knew it the walls were painted, workbench organized and, well, the place became quite habitable. Even better than that, I was so pleased with the result I was motivated to clean out the garden shed and back garage as well. One little thing led to bigger things. Funny sometimes how one small thing so often fosters bigger things we hadn't counted on; all they need is a place to start.

Here's an old English tale that emphasizes the point: There was once a woodcutter's wife who forgot to put salt in her husband's morning porridge. When he angrily complained, she told him that he was a fool to make such a fuss about so trifling a matter. This infuriated the woodcutter, and commencing work in the forest he lashed out at a tree with such force and venom that the axe head flew off. It injured his employer's favorite horse that was being led to the blacksmith's shop. That horse was to have taken his employer, a nobleman and an important man in the district, to a meeting of the council that was to discuss its differences with the King. Because of his anger and foul mood due to the need to arrange for another horse, he successfully argued for an uprising against the King. In the rebellion that followed many were killed, and there followed a period of poverty, famine and unrest. This rebellion, loss of life and suffering happened because a woodcutter's wife forgot to salt her husband's porridge. (William Soutar)

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. The point of this story is to relate how little things can have a widespread effect; rather like throwing a stone into a pond and seeing the ripples spread out and reach the shore. Especially as we get older, we often feel that there is little we can do, or want to do, that will greatly affect the lives of others. How untrue this is. Every action, every good deed, every performed service, every outreach, has an effect on someone, somewhere. It's really just a matter of getting started, tackling that one unpleasant thing each day, and becoming God's instruments to do bigger and better things along the way. It's just a matter of finding some place to start.

We pray. Heavenly Father, there are often times in life when because of the stress, fear, uncertainty and pain, we just want to quit. That’s when we begin so often to feel that, perhaps, the things that we do in life to give us purpose aren’t really that important at all. Is anyone really affected by us being here? The more we question, the more we sink into pity and hopelessness. Forgive us Father when we turn into ourselves at times like this rather than turning to you. Give us a startling place O Lord, inspire us and give us the confidence that we do make a difference. In Jesus name we pray. 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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<thispassingday@gmail.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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