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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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.