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Just One Thing
by Mark Waltenbaugh
So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Dont act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. (Ephesians 5:15-17 NLT)
In an editorial column in the Houston Chronicle, Leon Hale shared some excerpts from conversations he had overheard while going about his daily routine. As a part of that column, he wrote the following after hearing a preacher on the radio (the words in parentheses are an editorial change I made to his work):
...heres the best sentence Ive heard lately. Its not eavesdropping because I heard it on the radio. A preacher saying: It must be (awful), being God. I like that more than anything Ive heard a preacher say in 50 years. Imagine that youre God, and you sit up there trying to get us to be nice, and love one another, and what do we do? We fight and maim and kill and cheat. Im surprised God can stand it. Being God must be (awful), for sure.
Just one thing. Thats not too much to ask, is it? And imagine how many one things would add up if we were willing to try this every day!
Father, there must be times when its frustrating and hurtful to watch us perform as a human race. I know I cant control others, but I also know how others are influenced by my lack of self-control and love. May my one thing today bring a smile to your face. Please bless my one thing that it would inspire one thing more every day! In Jesus name. Amen.
Title: "Just One Thing"
Author: Mark Waltenbaugh
Publication Date: February 15, 2002