Abraham Lincoln told the story of an Eastern monarch who commanded his wise men to create a sentence. This sentence would be cut in stone and always be in view. It must be true. It must apply in every situation and at all times. The wise men met and returned to the monarch with their sentence: “This, too, shall pass away.”
This five-word statement does fit every situation. In moments of glory and triumph, it levels our sights. In our deepest grief, it lifts our vision.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. You may have closed the deal of a lifetime. Or you may have just lost that deal by saying something stupid. Whatever it is: this too shall pass… in the high calling of our daily work. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matt. 24:35)