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 as though he did not see her. 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, and loving toward one another."
Prayer: Heavenly Father, make us aware of each decision we make because it reflects our love for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.