The Extra Mile
by Berni Dymet
Matt. 5:39-41 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.
We've all heard that saying about going the extra mile. But we live in a world where you can be flat out trying to find anyone who's even going to go the first mile with you, let alone the second.
Going the extra mile - it speaks about a goodness and a steadfastness in someone. It's about a commitment and an honesty and a profound decency - this extra mile thing.
In this world, the person who goes the extra mile - well, he or she is definitely going to stand out from the crowd. We love to meet those sort of people.
But the first time this idea pops up is a couple of thousand years ago. A man called Jesus said this - if anyone forces you to go one mile go also the second mile. That's tough. You're forced to go the first mile, and so go the second mile as well?
Doesn't make sense. Who would do that for someone who's forced you into something in the first place? Who would be that crazy?
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