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Faithfulness

Famous or Faithful?

God isn’t interested in us being famous in the world’s eyes, but in us being faithful in His eyes. (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 142.)

If You Want a Promotion

         George Boldt worked faithfully for years at the front desk in a small hotel. One day an elderly couple came into the lobby and asked for a place to stay. Every room in the hotel—and every hotel in town—was occupied. Realizing that the elderly couple had nowhere to sleep, Boldt offered them his own room. Although they were reluctant to accept his offer, they eventually did so because George insisted. 

The next morning when the couple was checking out, the elderly man said to George, "You're the kind of man who should be managing the best hotel in the country. Some day I'm going to build that hotel and let you manage it."

Several years later, Boldt received a letter in the mail. It contained a round-trip ticket and a note from the man to whom he had given his room years before. The man invited George to visit him in New York City.

When Boldt arrived in New York, the gentleman took him to a downtown corner where a huge building stood. “George, this is the hotel I built for you to manage."

Boldt stared in amazement at the glorious structure. The hotel was the Waldorf-Astoria! The elderly man was William Waldorf Astor, one of the wealthiest men in the country. Boldt’s faithfulness in managing a small hotel had prepared him to manage one of the most magnificent hotels this country has ever seen.

On judgment day, God will examine how well we managed our lives on earth. If we were faithful in fulfilling our responsibilities in this life, He will assign us better things to manage in the next life. (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, pp. 50-51)


Dynamite and Firecrackers

How we manage little things indicates what we would do if we had more. Why would God give dynamite to someone who can’t handle a firecracker? (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 150)

If You Cannot Keep a Little House Clean . . .

A friend of mine once told me that his wife wanted to move to a larger house. She had a problem keeping their smaller house clean but promised him if they bought a larger house she would keep it spotless.

He lovingly told her, “Honey, if you can’t keep a little house clean, how do you expect to keep a big house clean?”

Our earthly duties are the “little house” to prepare us for eternity (Luke 16:10).

(Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 150-151)


Cross Reference:

Do it Whether You Like it or Not

Separating the Best from the Average

The Definition of Excellence

Be Faithful in the Small Things

Never More Than You Can Handle

Up To Your Neck In Alligators


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