You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
It's always easy the night before to get up early the next morning.
On June 13, 1889, the Spokane newspaper printed an editorial pleading for the
establishment of a fire department. Seattle had recently been ravaged by fire, and the
paper desired to prevent the same calamity from happening in Spokane. Nothing, however,
was done. Two months later Spokane burned to the ground.
At their school carnival, our kids won four free goldfish (lucky us!), so out I went
Saturday morning to find an aquarium. The first few I priced ranged from $40 to $70. Then
I spotted it--right in the aisle: a discarded 10-gallon display tank, complete with gravel
and filter--for a mere five bucks. Sold! Of course, it was nasty dirty, but the savings
made the two hours of clean-up a breeze.
Those four new fish looked great in their new home, at least for the first day. But by
Sunday one had died. Too bad, but three remained. Monday morning revealed a second
casualty, and by Monday night a third goldfish had gone belly up.
We called in an expert, a member of our church who has a 30-gallon tank. It didn't take
him long to discover the problem: I had washed the tank with soap, an absolute no-no. My
uninformed efforts had destroyed the very lives I was trying to protect. Sometimes in our
zeal to clean up our own lives or the lives of others, we unfortunately use "killer
soaps"--condemnation, criticism, nagging, fits of temper. We think we're doing right,
but our harsh, self-righteous treatment is more than they can bear.
Richard L. Dunagin.
During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln said that he could get any number of men who were
"willing to shed their last drop of blood." The problem, said Lincoln, was that
he found it difficult to get anyone willing to shed that first drop!
Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.9.
The child who is eager to help around the house is usually too young to do it.