Monday, November 13, 2017

Leave Them Better Than You Found Them

By Andrea Merrell


You know that God anointed Jesus from Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and with power. Jesus went everywhere
and did good things, such as healing everyone
who was under the devil’s power.
Jesus did these things because God was with him. 
Acts 10:38 God’s Word Translation

It was a mess. The walls needed paint, the carpet had to be replaced, and the yard was filled with trash. The basement was loaded with boxes overflowing with junk, and the refrigerator and freezer were  full of food—some rotten, some untouched.

Renters. Certainly, not all are bad, but we’ve heard horror stories about the ones who are. My daughter’s experience was not a positive one.

It’s sad when someone leaves a place so much worse than they found it. I cringe at the mess some people create in a restaurant, especially when there’s food all over the table and trash on the floor. As an added insult to the server, they leave no tip. My husband laughs at me for cleaning the table and stacking the dishes (and we always leave a generous tip). I tend to have the same mindset in a hotel room, making sure not to leave a mess behind.

But it’s even worse when we leave a person in worse condition than we found him.

Jesus is our example. He went everywhere and did good things … because God was with him. Wherever Jesus went, He always left people better off than He found them. Those He touched were healed, delivered, fed, encouraged, loved, and filled with hope.

Shouldn’t we do the same?

No matter where you go or who you encounter, leave them better than you found them.

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