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Leaving Things Better

A few weeks ago my department moved to a new location.  We needed to move to make way for some other departments that needed our space.  It happens quite often.

This is carried out by the telecom folks where I work.  There hardly seems like a week, much less a day, goes by without someone being moved about within the company.

When the move is scheduled, we go into action.  Boxes are gathered up for us to pack our belongings.  Everything is made ready for the change.

There are a couple of other things we do as we move.

We pull out the wipes and clean.  We clean the spots we are moving to, but we also clean those that we are leaving.

We try to leave things better than we found them.


Each of us have this opportunity on a continuous basis.  All of us face chances to change things.  We could leave things the same, but where’s the fun in that?  Plus are we really simply leaving things the same?  Few things remain unchanged.

A problem we face is that we might possible make things worse.  It depends really, mostly, perhaps, with our attitudes.  If we let it, if we simply want things to only remain familiar and unchanged, we can grow into a sort of curmudgeon who fights against all change that comes our way.

However, if we see change as an opportunity, as a chance to improve then we can actually leave things better than we found them.


You and I, if we know Christ, have been born again.  We  have become new creatures and the old has passed away.  The new has come.  We didn’t stay the same.  We became something newer.  Better.

Paul says that we must be transformed, not conformed.  That implies change.  Constant change.  We can’t remain still, the same, long enough for the world to conform us to its image.  We must seek improvement.  We must become better.

In the wake of this change that we face personally, we need to leave things better after us.  Our transformation into newer and better creatures must result in us making everything around us better.

We must leave things better.

Do you try to leave things better than you found them?

  1. January 24, 2014 at 11:56 am

    This is something my Dad pounded into me as a kid.

    The Boy Scouts actually do a pretty good job of this as well teaching boys to leave no trace.

  2. January 24, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I had this instilled in me from my last church. We were portable and did a great job taking care of the place we rented. Other churches ruined renting spaces because they didn’t take care of their space.

    • January 24, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Rob, we should strive to be excellent in even the most mundane of things, right?

  3. January 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Because I have moved a lot I know what it is to move into something that was not cared for. Most missionaries when they come home for furlough pack their things up and what ever they would like shipped home they label it for the ones who would do the shipping. What ever is to be given away, the label that too, also things to be sold. Leaving behind a good reputation is Christ like, good post brother.

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