The Extra Mile

I witnessed something earlier this week and just knew that it would turn into a challenge. I was right.

This week I want you to go the extra mile. We’ve all heard the saying “go the extra mile”. These words of Jesus are recorded in Matthew 5:41: “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” This is a hard teaching and one vastly different than most of us live, even when we claim we are kind and loving.

The extra mile isn’t easy. Especially if we’re forced to go the first one.

Most of us know the saying to mean to make an extra effort, or to go above and beyond what is required. I watched a garbage man going the extra mile on Monday. After lifting the garbage can with the mechanical arm and dumping the trash into the back of the truck, the waste disposal man parked the garbage truck, climbed down from his seat, picked up the garbage container and walked it down the very long driveway to the side of the older home. I pass this home daily and have noticed that the garbage container is frequently at the side of the road, tipped over a lot of times. He noticed, too.

Then he went the extra mile. He did his job, then he went further. Because I know walking a resident’s garbage can to the side of the house is not in his job description. He did something beyond what was required……something thoughtful and kind……..something extra. The ordinariness of his job turned extraordinary the moment he decided to do the “extra” thing.

What can you do this week to go the extra mile? What ordinary task can you turn extraordinary?

As I finish issuing you this challenge, my husband called to ask if I was going to the store. I hadn’t planned on it. I was just there last night. What in the world could we need? I want to go straight home and change and go outside and talk to the kids and cook dinner so that I can get in the bed early. He knows that and said he could go but wanted to check with me first. But he’s been working a lot lately.

So instead of going straight home like I want to, I’m going to the grocery story for my husband. I’m going the extra mile.

This ordinary grocery store run just turned extraordinary.


  1. Joy Martin on October 15, 2018 at 1:05 am

    First of all …LOVE the new website and the re-decorating you’ve done here ;-). Secondly, I’ve recently had to help facilitate a Bible study on that passage about going the second mile. I hadn’t realized that historically, the Jewish people hearing this understood the background that the Romans in power (who were sometimes harsh) had the authority to make them carry their “gear” but only for one mile. When Jesus said go the extra mile– He was telling us to not only the go the extra mile for those we love but also for those we don’t love so much. That’s the hard part I find. That’s another challenge to me. Am I willing to go beyond the call of just being nice enough to get by or actually beyond that “what’s required of me” thing? I guess that’s adding another “mile” of thoughts to the challenge though ;-). Keep these challenges coming Marie! They’re good for us.

    • marieg on October 15, 2018 at 1:09 am

      Thanks Joy. The funny thing here is I didn’t mean to put this out there yet. The site is still being tweaked here and there but…well hello world.
      And yes you’re right. The extra mile is hard but one we’re called to. Some of us must have needed this reminder today. I know I did.

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