In plain sight?

Egg on face? (11.05.21–Don't Judge! –1 Corinthians 4:5)


My friend, may I ask you a question? Sometime, in our anxiousness to make things happen, do we overstep and do more harm than good?

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

I'm M. Clifford Brunner.


I've always liked clean kitchen counters. So I am constantly keeping an eye out for empty soda cans, soup tins and dis- carded cereal packages whenever I walk through Holly's kitchen. When I spot them, I grab them and dispose of them out into the trash. You might say I am a clean-counter zealot in that regard. Recently I spotted a real bonanza on the counter top. There were six soda cans, two soup tins and an empty spaghetti box. Now, the trick was to pick all nine items up and cart them off to the trash bin in the garage. Balancing the soda cans precariously inside and atop the tins, and with the box tucked neatly under the arm, I walked toward the door only to feel my grip loosening as the cans pushed down and out and scattered all over Holly's clean kitchen floor. As it turned out, my zeal for neatness had actually caused a mess.


Overzealousness for orderliness, in my case, actually led to what I wanted to avoid–a mess.

Sometime, in our anxiousness to make things happen, we overstep and do more harm than good. This is true especially when we place ourselves in a position to judge what others might be thinking.


Here's a story: In 1884 a young man died, and after the funeral his grieving parents decided to establish a memorial to him. With that in mind they met with Charles Eliot, president of Harvard University. Eliot received the unpretentious couple into his office and asked what he could do. After they expressed their desire to fund a memorial, Eliot impatiently said, "Perhaps you have in mind a scholarship." T