By Michael Guido / Metter, Georgia, USA

Michael Guido

President McKinley was having a difficult time making a decision between two qualified candidates for a key position in his cabinet. He labored long and hard knowing that his decision would affect the nation and the world.

One evening he boarded a crowded streetcar on his way home. After finding a seat, he noticed one of the men he was considering for the position seated near the entrance. At the next stop, an elderly lady with a large, cumbersome package struggled to get onboard.

The candidate for the position turned his eyes, pretending that he did not see the lady who was having a difficult time. He kept his seat while he looked out the window. But the president not only helped her with her package, he gave her his seat.

The next morning McKinley made his decision. The man’s lack of kindness eliminated him from further consideration and the other man received the appointment.

Every decision we make affects history because it reflects who we are and what is important to us. Paul said to “be kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, make us aware of each decision we make because it reflects our love for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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