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.
He said, “There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”
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.
What a great post and how true. I appreciate the time it takes you to put these posts together and the heart behind them. Thank you Mrs. Hyles.
Thank you for this; I need to work on this more! God bless you.
Thank you for this; I so needed this reminder today. God bless you!!!
Youre always such a blessing!! I love you!!
Thanks so much for your quiet, sweet, words of wisdom. I love and appreciate you.
This is indeed thought provoking and a good reminder to go the second mile. I sometimes forget to do that. The statement, “Hurting people,hurt people” really struck me. That is so true. Now that I look back on some people that hurt me in the past or others close to me, I can see that now. You are right. It makes me want to pray, Lord help me be understanding of these people, and have a love for them. I am sure I will come across more during my lifetime or before Jesus comes! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom Mrs. Hyles. I appreciate it very much.
Mrs. Hyles. That post is thought provoking, convicting and awesome, just like you!
You have such a genius at bringing thought provoking lessons in a nutshell…just like your wonderful husband!! Thanks so much. Last night as FBC met in the old auditorium thoughts of you & Br. Hyles were flooding my heart. I’m so thankful I got to be a part of those years. Much love to you!
You’re right, it does seem at times that we live in such a self- centered world. What a difference we could make in the lives of “others” if we were willing to go that “extra-mile.” Thank you for this timely reminder! I love you!
Thank you! You have truly gone the extra mile many, many times!
Thank you so much, Mrs. Hyles, for your reminder to go the extra mile!! Being in the ministry and on the go, it is so easy sometimes to overlook others needs and hurts. I love you and appreciate your wisdom and the godly example you have been in my life!!
Good morning Mrs. Hyles, what a wonderful lesson on going the second mile. So true that we get so busy we let ourselves get in the way and the second mile concept goes right out the window. I always try very hard to look for the need in others and if I can meet that need. Hurting people do lash out and thank you for reminding me that they really do hurt, and are not necessarily trying to hurt me. As it says in Titus 2:3, you truly are “a teacher of good things.” God bless, love you and have a good day. Mrs. Lee Ann Gray
Look forward of spending Mondays with you Mrs. Hyles.
Good stuff!! 😃