“A reputation for one thousand years may depend upon the conduct of a single moment.”
The truth be told, often an action may be recounted thousands of years after the fact. (I know, you thought your wife’s memory was overly long).
According to Bishop Ussher the selling of Joseph into slavery by his brothers happened around 1727 B.C. The math gets that incident to a total of 3727 years ago.
On a more recent note, the actions of Marcus Junius Brutus, a senator in old Rome who in 44 B.C. killed Julius Caesar; Giving us the phrase; “You too, Brutus?” The swift act was carried out 2060 years ago.
There’s no point is continuing the long list because I’m sure you get the idea. Many, if not most people accept the fact that a dumb act at a past point in life is, according some people, the act that defines you. You do not have to agree with them, but I have no idea what good thing you could do to change their mind! My early years were at least “interesting” and my life after conversion has been far from boring. Some years ago I was in a place to receive an award for raising enough money to inoculate 50,000 children with anti-Polio vaccine. When introduced many other wonderful things were said about me. After the ceremony a man came up to me and asked, in a curt tone, “Do you remember me?” I responded, “Yes, we went to Junior High School together.” He stated in his first tone, “Yes, and you hit me in the stomach!” He then stomped away. The defining moment concerning me in that man’s life is a punch in the stomach from a 12 year old boy 30 years before. Truthfully, I would rather not live such a boring life.
My point in this earth shaking note is to cause my readers to think prior to action, what may be the long term effect of this momentary act?
The second is to cause any of my readers who left such a negative memory in someone’s life to apologize, ask the Lord’s forgiveness and get on with your life in the most positive manner possible.
Here’s a little thought about verse to help with such memories, no matter which side you are on:
Hebrews 2:11 “For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,”
Because Christ has removed “yesterday” from the equation of my life, He does not see my “yesterday” and is therefore NOT ASHAMED of ME! If He is NOT ashamed, neither should I be ashamed.
Still, it’s a very good idea to remember, “A reputation for one thousand years may depend upon the conduct of a single moment.” Ernest Bramah
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