I read recently in the news of an extraordinary act of courage. Jeremy Wuitschick is a 13 year old Milton, WA middle school student. His split-second decision may have saved himself and a bus load of his fellow students from being in a terrible accident.
On Monday morning, April 9th, Jeremy and his school-mates were traveling to their school when the driver became ill and passed out behind the wheel. Jeremy noticed the driver “acting funny” as he put it, and then saw him go unconscious.
Without a second thought Jeremy jumped from his seat, dashed to the driver’s and grabbed the wheel. He safely steered the bus to the shoulder of the road. He began to administer CPR and ordered another student to call 9-1-1. Soon a school authority and the paramedics were at the scene. Jeremy was then relieved of his duty.
What a ride to school! Can you imagine being in that situation? Jeremy was asked about the experience later, and he said something that struck me. He said, “When something major happens, I look back to see if there’s something I could’ve done better.” Wow, what a great example from this young man. When something happens to us, it is wise to look back and consider, what just happened.
The word of God tells us in 1 Timothy 4:12 to, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” Christian, you need to look back and ask yourself, “Is there something I could have done better?” There is always room for improvement, right? Let’s consider these subjects, and see how we can do better for Christ.
• In Word
I am reminded to Look Back after a conversation. Could I have been more encouraging to that person? Was that joke appropriate? Did this conversation bring glory to Christ? Colossians 3:23 says, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”
• In Conversation
I am reminded to Look Back at my behavior. (This conversation that is spoken of in 1 Timothy is more of a behavior than a specific dialogue with someone.) Often on my way home from work, or an event, or after a day with my family I have to ask myself, “how was my behavior?” Did I bring glory to Christ or to myself? Did I disappoint my Heavenly Father? Could I have done better? “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
• In Charity
I am reminded to Look Back at my charity. Am I loving the brethren? Do I love sinners? Do I love God? If so, how am I really showing it? “Jesus saith unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. …Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Matthew 22:37-39
• In Spirit
I am reminded to Look Back at my spirit (or attitude). I have to ask myself every now and then, am I showing others the right spirit? Do others see Christ in me? Ephesians 5:18 tells us to be “filled with the Spirit”. Am I under his control?
• In Faith
I am reminded to Look Ahead with eyes of Faith. It is evident to me that I, at times, have had a lack of faith. It takes faith to step forward. It takes faith to walk in the Spirit and to serve the Lord. As I Look Back and see short-comings and failures, I then must Look Ahead in Faith believing that God is able to help me do better. Mark 11:22 says, “Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”
• In Purity
I am reminded to Look Back at my purity. Am I pure, and unspotted by the world? Have I allowed the Lord to control my mind? Purity is vital, and it is fragile. It is easily taken away. We must guard it as we would guard a precious and valuable jewel. This is possible, but not on our own. We need to fill our hearts and minds with God and His word. Psalm 119:9, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”