Dear Do-Gooders

“To do good is noble. To tell others to do good is even nobler and much less trouble.” ~Mark Twain

8a8d21f5d0288aee5008a8630f086eda_400x400Many of us, I suspect (writers, teachers), long to be distinguished as Virtuous Persons by telling others how to behave. Yet most of us are at least part-time purveyors of the sins we condemn, and spotty practitioners of the virtues we extol.

A. A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh and real life daddy of Christopher Robin, was reportedly a cold and distant father. Beloved Victorian moralist Charles Dickens summarily dumped his wife of twenty years for a 17 year old actress.

Are we trying to get into heaven by riding the coattails of those we shove?

The Apostle Paul admonishes us to “be a model” to those we teach, “both in word and in deed, in love, faith, and purity.” “Live there,” he urges, “be that person…so that your progress is apparent to all…for by so doing you will not only save yourself, but your hearers, as well!” (I Timothy 4:12-16)

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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11 Responses to Dear Do-Gooders

  1. tczumwalt says:

    I love your quote you start with by ol’ Mark Twain. He really knew how to cut to the chase. 🙂

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  2. I believe that some write from a place of authority, what they have worked through and what they know. Yet others seem to connect with the spirit of the age and they write about what wish they could live into. I think of Thomas Kincaid he truly captured the draw that people had to having a wonderful family and home, but he couldnt bring it home – truth is hard. He was rejected by his peers and that seemed to drive him over an edge. Thoughts…..

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  3. “your righteousness must exceed that of the scribes” Jesus
    I’m not a sour-puss though, Mitch I promise:0)…but I do write about joy to remind myself of it. I’m not Jesus and that’s why I so desperately need Him. We are hypocrites, every one…

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  4. ropheka says:

    I always taught by example and believe it is imperative ti live like this every moment because the spot light is always on us

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  5. Nancy Ruegg says:

    I didn’t know that A.A. Milne was a distant father and Charles Dickens divorced his wife for a teenager! How disappointing! Lord, help me not to be a disappointment to those around me, but in love, in faith, and in purity, be a worthy example. Thank you, Mitch, for the profitable reminder!

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Actually, Dickens never divorced his wife, but, sadly, he lived separately from her for the rest of his life. I still consider him and Milne literary heroes–just flawed ones. None of us skates through without hurting others, but if we let God break and remold us, we can mitigate most of damage, I believe. I once delivered a sermon entitled, “I Forgive You for Being Human.”


  6. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Thank you for the forgiveness; I’ll do my best to pass it on! 🙂

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