Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from Deuteronomy 13-15; Mark 12:28-44
Wednesday’s: Deuteronomy 16-18; Mark 13:1-20

Alben Barkley served as the 35th Vice President of the United States under President Harry Truman. In his autobiography, Barkley recounted an experience on the campaign trail when he was seeking reelection as a senator from Kentucky. While visiting a constituent, he was shocked to hear the farmer was planning to vote for Barkley’s opponent. The senator reminded him of the many ways he’d helped the man while serving as a prosecuting attorney, county judge, congressman, and now as his senator. He facilitated the construction of a road to the man’s farm, had visited him in the hospital when he was wounded in World War I, helped secure veteran benefits for him, arranged for a Farm Credit Administration loan, and got him disaster relief when a flood destroyed his home. Barkley then asked, “How can you think of voting for my opponent? Surely you remember all these things I have done for you?” The man replied, “Yeah, but what have you done for me lately?”[1]

If we’re not careful, we’ll respond to God and others the same way as that demanding farmer.

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ

[1] That Reminds Me, Alben Barkley, 1954, pg. 165.