I'll confess that "Dennis The Menace" is my favorite philosopher. Of all of the comic-strip characters, Dennis fills a need in my life — namely, to be forced to think and encouraged to laugh.
A couple of years ago, a "Dennis" cartoon portrayed what many people would describe as a vivid picture of grace, which, Biblically speaking, is "the unmerited favor of God." In this cartoon, Dennis is walking away from the Wilsons' house with his friend and sidekick, Joey. Both boys have their hands full of cookies, and Joey asks the question, "I wonder what we did to deserve this?" Dennis delivers an answer packed with truth. He said, "Look, Joey, Mrs. Wilson gives us cookies not because we're nice, but because she's nice."
An article published in the Houston Chronicle points out that "with the quick pen of an editor, my name could be replaced for Dennis and Mrs. Wilson could be replaced by God. The good which comes my way is not because I am good, but because God is good."
We can take this one more step and say that many times we are the recipients of kindness and on many occasions gifts of significance, not because we're good, but because the giver is good, as well as kind and generous. The interesting twist to all of this is the fact that the more kind and generous we are to others, the more people there are who will be kind and generous to us. So take to heart what Dennis is teaching us in this simple little cartoon and you'll end up with more of the good things of life, as well as more pleasure and happiness to go along with it — and I'll see you at the top!
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