It is Just a Little Thing

 

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Ever wonder how things got so bad?

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Rich Bourgeoise & Child, 1636." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 23, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-2f0d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Rich Bourgeoise & Child, 1636.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 23, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-2f0d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The young-boy had taken a candy bar and was caught when he was escorted home by the patrolman everyone agreed: It was just a little thing. When his dad came home mom told him, “It was just a little Thing.”  A few years passed and the boy was about to enter high school when a note arrive in the mail from his teacher:

'Dear Mom and Dad,

Your son was caught sharing answers on the final exam . . . in light of his generally good record we'll consider it just a mistake . . . no punishment beyond a re-test is warranted . . . IT WAS JUST A LITTLE THING .

Truly Your, 

Mrs. Teacher'

Now a teenage driver the young man had worked part-time and saved enough to buy his first car.  One evening he and his best friend were speeding home from a party; a patrolman waiting for speeders near their hometown caught them.  The patrolman recognized him because he knew his father well, so he said, “Son in light that this was just a little thing I am letting you go with a warning; just do not do it again.”

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In the university the young man did well with maybe a  minor indiscretion or two now and then: they all were “just little things.” He finished his education and advanced as an attorney and eventually ran for, and was elected to, political office.  His political career flourished and the story of his life seemed to be the embodiment of  The American Dream.

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When he had matured in age and stature he held one of the highest offices of the land; he was respected and heralded as a respectable elder statesman.  No one including he ever dreamt of the disgraceful ending that befell him.  It was exposed in the news to everyone that many of the political accomplishments attributed to him were achieved by subterfuge, backroom deals, deception and in one instance breaking a law.

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. "A culprit conveyed to prison." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 23, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-1a27-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “A culprit conveyed to prison.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 23, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-1a27-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

As he was led away from the courtroom where he had been convicted he mumbled over and over, “It was just a Little thing.”

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Bible excerpts:
      • Luke 16:10 ESV

One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

      • James 1:15 ESV

Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

      • 1 John 1:8 ESV

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

  • Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

  • Proverbs 29:17
    Discipline your child, and he will give you rest; he will bring you happiness.

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James Halifko

Author: James Halifko

I am a Baby Boomer with a lot of life's experience to guide me and share with people.

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