Responsible Brad

This is my command: Love each other. - John 15:17

Brad, a policeman and a terrific guy, is honest, full of integrity, and everything you’d want in a cop. He’s a loving husband and a father who’s made great decisions for his family. If you knew him, you’d respect him as much as I do. And you’d be happy that he was pro¬tecting your neighborhood.
 
But what if my friend was irresponsible and just wanted to have an easy shift or a desk job? All he’d have to do is drink coffee, stay in one place, and not police the neighborhood. Then he wouldn’t get involved with conflict or have to go to the trouble of filling out a lot of paperwork because he gave a ticket or arrested someone.  
 
Many of us go through our lives just like that. We look the other way. We don’t get involved. We don’t trouble ourselves to do the difficult things we maybe ought to be doing.  
 
Don’t isolate. Connect. Get involved. Don’t think of yourself. In¬stead, live your life and make your priorities thinking of others first. Jesus commanded us to love one another, and one of the bet¬ter definitions of love I heard is: Love is making your problem my problem. 
 
Make someone else’s problem your problem.
 
“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” -Bernard Melzer
 
 

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.