November 09

Wednesday

 

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. —Philippians 2:4 (NIV)

 

“What did you do today?” I asked my son Brett, who had called me on his way home from work. Brett was quiet for a moment before he answered.

 

“Raked leaves, mostly.”

 

Raked leaves? It seemed an odd thing for him to do in the middle of the week, when he’s usually busy with construction work — often supervising his crew as they tackle a remodeling job, tear off an old roof or frame up a new house. Maybe it had been at one of the rental properties he owned.

 

“Where?” I asked. Again, that small silence before he answered.

 

“Near one of my duplexes. This lady was out raking her big yard — from her motorized wheelchair. So I went and got my tractor and leaf collector and did it for her. She tried to pay me, but I told her I didn’t want any money. That I was... well, behind on my good deeds.”

 

If you ask me what my son does for a living, I’ll tell you about his construction business, about his ambition and work ethic and attention to detail. But if you ask what makes me most proud of my son, I’ll tell you a story about the day he raked leaves.

 

Dear Jesus, when You were among us, You went about doing good. Let us never forget to do the same in Your name. —Mary Lou Carney

 

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