In our daily newspaper a few days ago there was a quote from a successful Dallas businessman, Roger Staubach. That name is familiar as he was once a very important member of the NFL Dallas Cowboys under Tom Landry.
That is real food for thought.
In the very self-centered world in which we live, too many seem to feel the world revolves around us. No time or concern to go out of the way for anyone.
Could it be that Mr. Staubach’s success was and is this philosophy of life?
Jesus was the One who instigated the second mile concept in His sermon on the mount in Matthew chapters 5–7.
He gave us rules for a blessed life when He said, “If a man asks you to go a mile, go with him two miles.”
In other words, be willing to do more than is expected.
I read the story of a streetcar conductor who impressed people with his extreme courtesy.
When questioned about it, he said, “Well, about five years ago I read about a man who was included in a will just because he was polite.”
“I thought, that might as well be me. So, I started treating passengers like people. It makes me feel so good I don’t care if I never get a million dollars.”
Going the extra miles has its dividends.
Repeating Solomon’s words, an old farmer, “Cast your bread upon the waters, and it will come back buttered.”
In dealing with people who have inflicted hurt, would it not be wise to go to extra lengths to understand that “hurting people hurt people.”
As a gospel song I heard recently says–
“Grace has no memory,
Mercy has no regrets.”
Want to avoid a traffic jam? Go the extra mile.