The Greatest Virtue
" Well done,thou good and faithful servant....enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
When one visits Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful,
the geyser, takes first place in point of interest. It is a magnificent sight, and it reaches at times, when erupting, a height
of 171 feet. Its average duration is 4 minutes, and the interval between eruptions averages 64 minutes. Of course no two eruptions
are the same, but each discharge brings forth from 10,000 to 12,000 gallons of water.
It is the most photographed geyser in the world and is especially beautiful at night when floodlights of many
colors are focused upon it.
Old Faithful is not the largest geyser, nor does it reach the greatest height. Nevertheless it is by far the most
popular geyser. Its popularity is due mainly to its regularity and dependability. You can count on Old Faithful. Nothing in
life can take the place of faithfulness and dependability. It is one of the greatest virtues. Brilliance, genius, competence-all
are subservient to the quality of faithfulness.
On any team a coach prizes the dependable player. Any pastor knows what magic is contained in these words, "Pastor,
you can count on me." Any businessman knows what it means for a man's word to be his bond. Faithful to the little task
of life! There is a satisfaction which comes with faithfulness that comes in no other way. To know that you have done your
best-such knowledge has no equal in life. No wonder the above scripture continues, "Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
God is not expecting us to become great or famous. But he is expecting us to be faithful to him.
Life is really lent to us to be spent in God's service. We are to give the best that we have to the
highest that we know. Then we too shall surely hear those words: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been
faithful over a few things,I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
Thank you for your faithfulness,