In his little book Illustrations of Bible Truth, H.A. Ironside pointed out the folly of
judging others. He related an incident in the life of a man called Bishop Potter. "He
was sailing for Europe on one of the great transatlantic ocean liners. When he went on
board, he found that another passenger was to share the cabin with him. After going to see
the accommodations, he came up to the purser's desk and inquired if he could leave his
gold watch and other valuables in the ship's safe. He explained that ordinarily he never
availed himself of that privilege, but he had been to his cabin and had met the man who
was to occupy the other berth. Judging from his appearance, he was afraid that he might
not be a very trustworthy person. The purser accepted the responsibility for the valuables
and remarked, 'It's all right, bishop, I'll be very glad to take care of them for you. The
other man has been up here and left his for the same reason!'"
Our Daily Bread.
As books vary from one to the other, so too do bishops. Some bishops,
in fact, resemble eagles, who sail loftily with solemn documents. Others
are nightingales who marvelously sing the praise of the Lord. Others,
instead, are poor wrens, who only twitter as profound subjects. I belong
to the last category.
Pope John Paul I in a letter to