Two good friends fell into a passionate debate. In the heat of the moment, one man cursed the other. The man who received the insult said nothing. But he stooped and wrote in the dirt: Today my best friend cursed and insulted me.
Days later, the man who had been cursed was pinned under a fallen horse. His friend pulled him out and sped him to a doctor.
This time the injured man carved into stone: Today my best friend saved my life.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. At work and at home, the best way to handle an insult is to record it lightly, where winds of forgiveness can erase every remembrance. But the kindnesses we receive? Engrave them indelibly and recall them often . . . in the high calling of our daily work.
So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the LORD call David’s enemies to account.” And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.
(1 Sam. 20:16-17)