is all about choices. Every day we are faced with hundreds of choices,
though most of them we make with little or no thought: What do I want
for lunch?, what will I wear?, will I work on schoolwork, a sermon, go
visiting or take the day off? Some choices are more important than
others: Will I have the surgery? Will I take the job? Should I marry
Some people make impressive choices. You may have heard of Miss
Oseola McCarty, a black woman from Mississippi who made a small living
by doing other people’s laundry. Miss McCarty scrimped and saved all her
life to provide a scholarship of $300,00 to the local black college just
because she wanted to help someone. That $300,00 wasn’t the largest gift
ever given, but it represented a lifetime of decisions to get by on less
so someone else could benefit.
Another impressive choice was made by a man named Aaron Reuerstein,
the owner of the Malden Mills factory in Lowell, Massachusetts. The
factory burned during the Christmas season of 1995, but Mr. Feuerstein
was concerned about his employees, so he continued to pay their salaries
and benefits while his new factory was being built, then put them back
to work. It was the right choice, too, as evidenced by a 25% improvement
in productivity and a 66% drop in quality defects!
Both of those choices were motivated by love, but Jesus said, “No
greater love has man than to lay down his life for his friends....
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