James B. Longley, who would one day become the governor of Maine, was selected by his peers as one of the outstanding members of his college class. At the conclusion of his graduation ceremony, Longley’s mother took him aside and gave him a piece of sobering advice. She said, “Jim, I was very proud of you today, and I think you will win many honors in your life, but keep one thing in mind. Despite the honors, there’s one circumstance more than any other that will determine the turnout at your funeral…and that will be THE WEATHER.”
THOUGHT: Sometimes it is helpful to be reminded that we’re not quite as grand as we would have ourselves believe. The Bible says, “For I say through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly…” (Romans 12:3a).

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