Sunday, January 6, 2019

Daily Devotion: A Tip About Expectations

Bible Reading: Matthew 5:38-48

Key Verse: Verse 44 - “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Key Words: Love your enemies

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus encourages his listener to go above what is expected, to not accept mediocrity in our personal and professional life.

A young psychology student serving in the Army decided to test a theory. Drawing kitchen duty, he was given the job of passing out apricots at the end of the chow line. He asked the first few soldiers that came by, “You don’t want any apricots, do you?” Ninety percent said “No.” Then he tried the positive approach: “You do want apricots, don’t you?” About half answered, “Uh, yeah. I’ll take some.” Then he tried a third test, based on the fundamental either/or selling technique. This time he asked, “One dish of apricots or two?” And in spite of the fact that soldiers don’t like Army apricots, 40 percent took two dishes and 50 percent took one!

Life is a leaf of paper white
Whereon each one of us may write
His word of two, and then comes night.
Greatly begin! Though thou have time
But for a line, be that sublime –
Not failure, but low aim, is crime.

What to do:
✞ Remember, it is better to fail having high expectations than to succeed because you have none.

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