My greatest thought is my accountability to God. — Daniel Webster

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

Death of the Permanent Record

A columnist has a theory about what’s wrong with the world. He blames it on what he calls the “Death of The Permanent Record.”

He recalls that grade-school children once lived in fear of having their bad behavior noted on The Permanent Record.

Because of this, people learned in their youth to stop before they did something deceitful or unethical. They didn’t stop because they were so good but for fear of having their actions written down.

Today, according to him, people have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as a permanent record. In fact, they believe no one has a right to keep track.

He says that with today’s emphasis on our rights to privacy, if a school child were ever threatened with something going on his permanent record, he would probably file suit under the Freedom of Information Act and gain possession of his files before recess.

As Christians however, we are not only aware of Jehovah’s record-keeping with respects to ones life course, but find a comfort and security in knowing that he observes and rewards those whose life reflects adherence to righteous standards.

This is My Row

On her way back from the concession stand, Sandra asked the man at the end of the row, “Sir, did I step on your foot a minute ago?”

Expecting an apology the man said, “Indeed you did.”

Sandra nodded. “Oh, good. Then this is my row.”

Traffic Court

Recently in traffic court a man who received an expensive parking ticket testified that a uniformed policeman had given permission for the man to park there.

The judge asked the man if he would recognize the officer if he ever saw him again, and the man replied that he would.

The judge then said, “Good. When you see him again, tell him he owes you $57.”

The point: Whatever an authority figure tells you has no bearing on whether it is true or false – right or wrong. Truth is independent of opinion, polls, and presentation.

James 3:1

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