Monday, January 27, 2014


(from Streams in the Desert)

There is a story of an old man who carried a little can of oil with him everywhere he went, and if he passed through a door that squeaked, he poured a little oil on the hinges. If a gate was hard to open, he oiled the latch. And thus he passed through life lubricating all hard places and making it easier for those who came after him. 

People called him eccentric and cranky; but the old man went steadily on refilling his can of oil when it became empty, and oiled the hard places he found.

There are many lives that creak and grate harshly as they live day by day. Nothing goes right with them. They need lubricating with the oil of gladness, gentleness, or thoughtfulness. Have you your can of oil with you ? Be ready with your oil of helpfulness in the early morning to the one nearest you. It may lubricate the whole day for him/her. 

The oil of good cheer to the downhearted one---
The word of courage to the despairing. 

Our lives touch others, perhaps only once, on the road of life; and then, perhaps, our ways diverge, never to meet again. The oil of kindness has worn the sharp, hard edges off of many a sin-hardened life and left it soft and pliable and ready for the redeeming grace of the Savior.

Breathing in Jesus,



  1. I have a copy of Streams and Deserts also. I have several devotional books...this year I'm using Morning and Evening by Spurgeon.

  2. Beautiful words. Something to think about.

  3. Oh, such a great lesson! I love this story and hope it reminds me to do the same thing to those I share each day with.


Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Proverbs 16:24