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Monday, October 1, 2012

Left Behind

A group of friends went on their annual deer hunting trip, and one morning they decided to pair off in twos. After a long day in the blinds, one hunter staggered back to the cabin without his partner, carrying an eight-point buck on his shoulders. The other hunters asked him, “Where’s Harry?” He responded, “Oh, Harry tripped and broke his ankle a couple of miles back up the trail.” The other hunters were appalled at his lack of concern for his friend and asked him, “You left Harry lying there, and carried the deer back instead of him?” The man quickly replied, “Well, I didn’t think anyone was going to steal Harry!”

We laugh, and we might even say, “That’s terrible”, but how many friends have you left behind on the “trail”?

During his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” (Matthew 5:41). It’s impossible to walk a step we aren’t commanded to walk with entitlement attitudes, so Jesus tells us to let go of entitlement and give Him eight laps instead of four.

In Luke 6:31, Jesus gave His disciples strict orders we call the “Golden Rule”, when he said, “Do to others as you would have them do unto you.” None of us want to be left on the "trail", but we often leave others behind with the circumstances we strive to avoid.

Possibly Paul gave us the greatest challenge when he said, “…in humility, consider others better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3) Do you really consider others better than yourself? It’s very difficult to do in our “bigger and better” society.

Whatever burden we’re carrying, appointment we’re keeping, or promotion we’re seeking, it doesn’t hold the same importance as the “cargo” we leave behind when we focus on the problem and prize rather than the person.