Daily D – Deuteronomy 22:1 & Luke 16:12
If you see your neighbor’s ox or sheep or goat wandering away, don’t ignore your responsibility. Take it back to its owner. DEUTERONOMY 22:1 (NLT)
“And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?” Luke 16:12 (NLT)
Small behaviors predict bigger issues.
We needed to buy a car. We did not want to buy a new one. New cars lose significant value the moment the papers are signed, keys are handed over, and you drive off the lot. Buying a nearly-new used car is almost always a better value proposition than buying new for this reason.
In our search for the right car, we visited a dealer for one of the major rental car companies and considered one of their retired fleet vehicles. The cars were well maintained and were still under warranty. We were leaning in the direction of purchasing one of these cars. When I talked about this decision with a friend, he said, “I know how you take care of a rental car, and I know how other people take care of rental cars. Other people do not take care of them the way you do.”
He indicated that cars like the ones we were considering might have been abused a bit by adventurous drivers. We did not buy one of those cars.
How do you drive a rental car?
God tells us to live responsible lives. A responsible life is a life of stewardship. It recognizes that all things are given to us from God as a trust. We are to take good care of what he entrusts to us. We are to treat other people’s things in the same manner. We are to practice the same level of responsibility with other people’s things as we do our own.
Trustworthy and responsible behavior make community life possible. How we handle little things is a good predictor to our neighbors of how we will handle bigger things. One of our neighbors has a key to our house. Another neighbor will never have a key to anything of ours. She does not treat other people’s property the way she treats her own. She seems to think she has at least an equal say in every decision about other people’s property. She has altered construction activity at other people’s houses while the owners were away because she did not like the way things were being done. This is not a person I trust to feed my dogs when I am detained.
Live responsibly. Live a life others trust. Take care of other people’s property the way you wish they would take care of yours. And by all means, take good care of your rental car.
Small behaviors indicate bigger values.
I will treat other people’s property the way I want them to treat mine.
Our Father, empower me to live a trustworthy life. Make me dependable. Make me the kind of man others can trust without fear or concern in any and every circumstance. Amen.
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John 9:8, 9 His neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar said, “Isn’t this the one who used to sit begging?” Some said, “He’s the one.” Others were saying, “No, but he looks like him.” He kept saying, “I’m the one.” (CSB)
Luke 6:43-45 “A good tree doesn’t produce bad fruit; on the other hand, a bad tree doesn’t produce good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs aren’t gathered from thornbushes, or grapes picked from a bramble bush. A good person produces good out of the good stored up in his heart. An evil person produces evil out of the evil stored up in his heart, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.” (CSB)
John 8:31, 32 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you really are my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (CSB)