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Never a Wasted Day

Charles Francis Adams, 19th century political figure and diplomat, kept a diary. One day he entered: "Went fishing with my son today--a day wasted."

His son, Brook Adams, also kept a diary, which is still in existence. On that same day, Brook Adams made this entry: "Went fishing with my father--the most wonderful day of my life!" The father thought he was wasting his time while fishing with his son, but his son saw it as an investment of time.*

Today we talked about the story of Jesus blessing the children in the face of the disciples’ rebuke to the parents for bothering Jesus with their children. It is interesting to me that the attitude and assumptions we carry often dictate

how we view what is valuable. The disciples saw an inconvenience; Jesus

saw an opportunity.

How about you? Do you see the “inconveniences” of a day a waste of your time? Or, do you see them as something potentially valuable, particularly in someone else’s eyes. I’m sure we can all remember moments when someone older than us took the time to explain or show us something when they really had other more important things to do. Yet, you are here today still thinking about those moments and those people because they made an impact on you. How we view those inconveniences will determine whether we take the opportunities or not. Take the opportunity!

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-Scott McFarland

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