(04.23.21 – Doing Your Best! – Samuel 22:33)
My friend, may I ask you a question? Taking stock of things is one thing; but how about taking stock of our lives? Are there some aspects of character we shouldn't leave behind when we go out of the door in the morning?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
Checklists! I keep a running checklist of a lot of things. Most of the lists are mental and I simply check things off in my mind as I do them; for example, my morning routine. Checklist: Get jogging clothes on, let the dogs out, let the dogs in, put dogs back in their kennel, warm up my morning tea, go for jog, exercise, ice my knees, do my morning devotions, shower, kiss my wife goodbye and leave for the office. I don't need to write these things down, I just need to be sure that they get done in some sort of order. There are other lists however that need a little more thought. For example, before leaving for the office I need to take stock of the weather. Will I need a hat or cap today? How about an umbrella? Will a sports jacket do or will I need an overcoat? In the latter case, because there are options, it's important to take a mental inventory with a bit more thought so as not to leave home without the proper stuff to cover my bald, head.
Taking stock of things is one thing; but how about taking stock of our lives? Are there some aspects of character we shouldn't leave behind when we go out of the door in the morning?
Here's a story: A funny story has it that a police officer was investigating an accident. As he came around the corner, lights on and siren blasting, he saw a woman lying in the street, injured. He stopped his squad, called for an ambulance and then got out to investigate. It appeared that the woman was a pedestrian and had been hit by a car that was parked against the curb. He walked up to where the woman was laying and asked the crowd: "Who was driving the car?" Suddenly a man stepped out from behind the crowd and replied, "I was officer." The officer pulled out his report book and asked, "How did you happen to hit her?" The befuddled looking man stammered a bit and then offered: "I didn't!" As I approached the intersection, I saw that she was trying to cross the street. I slowed my car down and motioned to her to cross the street while I waited. As I stopped for her, she looked rather startled and she, I guess, fainted." (Steve Goodies)
"Knowledge, ability, experience are of little avail in reaching high success if courtesy be lacking," says George D. Powers. "It's the one passport that will be accepted without question in every land, in every office, in every home, in every heart in the world. Nothing commends itself so well as kindness; and courtesy is kindness." Call it what you may, courtesy is the one passport you can't be without if you intend to get where you want to go. If you keep a mental check- list of who and what you are, be sure of one thing every day before you start out; make sure that you do your best as a person who cares about others and puts them first. Put on a bit of courtesy each morning. Don't leave home without it.
We pray. Heavenly Father, by Your Spirit we know that the passport that will be accepted without question in every heart in the world is courtesy. You have instructed us to love our neighbor as ourself. We know that begins and ends with courtesy. Nothing commends itself so well as kindness; and courtesy is kindness.” Forgive us Father when we think more of ourselves than others, and lack this basic kindness of consideration. Help us to keep a mental checklist of who and what we are, to be sure of one thing every day before we start out; making sure that we do our best as a person who cares about others and puts them first. In Jesus name I 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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