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The Rev. John Gunn The Rev. John Gunn
The 20th Century produced many outstanding writers. One whose literary accomplishment stands as a living monument is the pastor, newspaper columnist and author, John R. Gunn (1877-1956). On a wide variety of subjects he left us an abundance of messages that warm the soul and touch the heart.

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From Good, to Better, to Best

October 28, 2010

The poet's first poem went into the editor's waste basket. "I'll write the next one better," the poet said and went back to his desk to write and rewrite. Now the editor is glad to get his poems and the budding poet is still saying, "I'll write the next one better."

Another young man started in at the bottom. He did his best on every job assigned to him and always when the next job was assigned, he said, "I will do this job a little bit better than I did the last job." Today, he's president of his company.

Still another young man said, "I can't do it any better. If you want this job done any better you'll just have to find someone else to do it." And the employer found someone else. And so it goes, the man who thinks he cannot do any better is always passing on to make room for the man who can.

"From good to better to best, that's the road you must travel to be successful in your work. In all trades and professions and in all lines of business, those who are likely to get ahead are those who continuously strive to better their best", that's from columnist John R. Gunn.

The same rule applies in your moral and spiritual life. Not that I have already obtained perfection or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own because Christ, Jesus has made me his own - that was Paul, always striving for greater spiritual development. Even in his advanced age, he still looked forward to a better ministry. I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are in Rome, he said.

However good your best, be sure there is always the possibility of bettering it. I follow after, is a motto each of us should adopt if we aspire to higher attainments and greater achievements.


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