Adam Thompson of Cincinnati, Ohio, near the middle of the Eighteenth Century, was the first American to fill a bathtub. Those who heard about it became alarmed. Doctors predicted rheumatism and inflammation of the lungs from such a practice. Some American cities put a ban on bathtubs and even refused permission to do the new "bathtub exercise". But today a home is not complete without a bathtub or shower. The crowd was wrong.

England once had a law forbidding a vehicle from exceeding four miles an hour. This law was amended so that if anyone desired to travel this fast they were to have a person going before them with a red flag warning the people of the danger. But today we have transportation traveling at 100 times that speed. Once again the crowd was wrong.

Publishers told Zane Grey that he had no writing ability. But today, many years after his death, his books are still being read. The crowd was wrong.

How about your crowd - is it wrong?  Does your crowd practice good moral behavior? Does your crowd put a relationship with God ahead of all else?  Is your crowd good for you?  Does your crowd lift you up or pull you down? The Bible says "evil companions corrupt good morals." I Corinthians 15:33

So, how's the world treating you?  Maybe it's time for a break!

                                                                                                       - Tom Butterfield