Today’s Scripture: But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:17-18

Mike was living the American Dream. As an executive for a large company, he was making $4 million a year. He had a wife and two children. But Mike was offensive to everybody at his workplace, including his boss, the CEO. So the CEO sent Mike to train with a leadership development group known as Executive Coach.

The leadership trainer, Marshall Goldsmith, had a tough time with Mike because he couldn’t challenge his job performance. Marshall told the executive, “Mike, I can’t help you make more money because you’re already making a lot. Let’s talk about your ego—how do you treat people at your house?”

Mike insisted he was a totally different person outside the office. When Goldsmith called Mike’s wife to verify his words, she admitted they weren’t true. Mike’s two kids also agreed their dad was just as rude and demanding at home. Goldsmith asked Mike, “Do you really want to have a funeral that no one attends?”

After giving Goldsmith’s question some thought, Mike said, “If I don’t change, in 20 years, my two sons will be ashamed to call me their father.” Mike finally learned his family was more important than his money.

Would anyone be ashamed to call you their friend because of the way you treat other people? Maybe you’ve noticed people have been avoiding you lately. Make sure it’s not because of your attitude or actions. If this is something you’re dealing with, pray and ask God to help you demonstrate His love in all you do. Your relationships are really worth it.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder