How high?

How high? (08.02.21– Potential! –Hebrews 12: 2-3)



My friend, may I ask you a question? Keeping our hearts open to finding potential in the midst of the mundane is rewarding. But isn’t the essential question that, we need to believe we can?


My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.

I'm M. Clifford Brunner.



A little good advice: be happy you have something to do no matter how mundane every day. Even though you might be forced to do it, doing your best, however boring or monotonous it might be, breeds virtue, endurance, and a potential that comes from necessity. Remember the old adage: "Necessity is the mother of invention?" There's a lot of truth in that old, wise saying. For example, I've been working on some pretty tedious fence-building projects around here at Beech Springs. Pounding in posts, stringing and tying wire can be pretty monotonous, tedious and, yes, boring. It's monopolized the better part of my weekends for the past few weeks. But in the process of putting up the fence I ended up building a gate. The gate needed to open in a certain way and had to be designed so that Annie, our rescue dog, couldn't jump it. Suddenly the monotonous became novel and the boring became challenging. But it was the monotonous and boring that had led to the potential for invention.


Keeping our hearts open to finding potential in the midst of the mundane is rewarding. But, we need to believe we can.


Here's a story: Flea trainers have observed a predictable and strange habit of fleas while training them. Fleas are trained by putting them in a cardboard box with a top on it. The fleas will jump up and hit the top of the cardboard box over and over and over again. As you watch them jump and hit the lid, something very interesting becomes obvious. The fleas continue to jump, but they are no longer jumping high enough to hit the top. Appa