The ONE THING for today

Timing is everything when you’re letting off steam.

  • Judges 3:27 (NKJV) And it happened, when he arrived, that he blew the trumpet in the mountains of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mountains; and he led them.

Having been a grandfather for several years now I have been reintroduced to the steam engine; some of you will know exactly what (or better yet, of whom) I am speaking of: Thomas the Train.

The eyes of generations of little children have lit up at the sight of this little intrepid steam engine–including my own grandchildren. I must say, it’s a little odd to see my grandchildren with an I-Pad in one hand and a toy steam engine in the other, but some things are just too good to allow the advancement of technology to relegate them to the dustbin of history. Apparently steam engines are one such example—at least of the Thomas the Train variety.ThomasLogoOval27872.indd

But here’s the ONE THING I’d like to high light today—a lesson from a steam engine: the main reason for the steam that is produced by the engine is to move the train forward; not blow the whistle.

Now the whistle is nice and can even come in handy at times for warning pedestrians and motorist of the train’s imminent approach, but none of those matters if the train is not moving forward.

In the same way there are a lot of people letting off steam about a lot of things; they’re making a lot of noise but they’d contributing very little to helping us move forward. It is so easy to get sidetracked by all these noise-makers but the lesson to learn is to stay focused on progress. Keep adding value where you’re assigned.

The blowing of the of the whistle can be exciting and distracting but at the end of the day, it will be the “engines” that kept the wheels turning that will arrive at the station…then will come the time to blow your whistle.


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