Some of you may not have seen the three minute inspirational movie titled: “212 degrees…”The Extra Degree.”  Here is want it is all about:  At 211 degrees water is hot and at 212 degrees it boils.  With boiling water, comes steam and steam can power a locomotive. It’s the One Extra Degree that makes all the difference.

  This is a very simple but very powerful concept, because when you think about it, it’s that one extra degree of effort in business, and in life, that so many times separates the good from the great.

  This made me think of the poem -3 LITTLE WORDS “AND THEN SOME”

“These three little words are the secret to success.  They are the difference between average people and top people in most companies. 
The top people always do what is expected…and then some. 
They are thoughtful of others, they are considerate and kind…and then some.
They meet their responsibilities fairly and squarely…and then some.  
They are good friends and helpful neighbors…and then some.
They can be counted on in an emergency…and then some.
I am thankful for people like this, for they make the world a better place.
Their spirit of service is summed up in these three little words…and then some.”

  All of this made me think of what Jesus asked the disciples, “What do you do more than these?” 
Matthew 5:46-47 “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others?  Do not even pagans do that?” 
How different are we Christians from the non-christian?   Are we more loving than they?  Are we more forgiving that they?
Are we more charitable, generous than they?   Are we more honest than they?  Are we really different from the non-christian?

  You know, we were called to be different, “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.”   2 Corinthians 6:17
“For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”  2 Corinthians 6:16     May we really be His people, living like Him

  Let us not be seen just doing what we have to, but doing what’s right…and then some.  May others see us living the Christ like life…and then some.


4 Responses to ““AND THEN SOME””

  1. Dear Max , This will be my prayer, that I will do what Jresus wants of me,: “and then Some” I know HE can use me any place I am liiving. This is a beautiful reminder . Thank you for sending these words our each week,they bless so many people. And thank you for always asking me to read over them before they are sent. So I get a Double blessing !
    Love and Prayers, Joann

  2. Well, Max and Joann, you are the perfect example of this advice…..a lifetime of going the extra mile…and then some. We always look forward to your devotionals and can only say thanks…..but we feel the “and then some”.

  3. Max, beautiful thoughts and food for thought. So many times I think of doing what is expected/required of me but how often do I go further…and then some? This is very convicting to me and I will try to remember this and begin to incorporate it into my daily life. What a difference it would make.

    It was so good to see you and Joann this morning. Seems like a very long time since I’ve seen you. I miss you when I don’t see you. You have been such a blessing to me and I always look forward to your and Joann’s beautiful faces!

  4. Max – Another great devotion. Thanks for the inspiring words!

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