“I thought you were going out of town on a mini-vacation this month,” Carlie mentioned to her best friend, Rachel.
“That we were, but I think Larry, Don, and Dave are going in our place.”
“Who are they?”
“The plumber, heater repairman and the electrician. We know each other well enough now they’re on our Christmas card list,” Rachel responded. “Larry even brought us some of his wife’s holiday bread the second time he came this month.”
“So now we have sinks that drain, toilets that flush, and a warm glow when we unlock the door that isn’t because something shorted out and is smoldering. Praise God! That counts for a blessing.”
A few weeks later, Carlie asked, “Am I supposed to watch your pets this weekend? I saw on my calendar your family is going to Sea World for a few days.”
“I think that Jerry is going in our place.”
“Oh, no! Who’s that?”
“He’s the appliance repairman. Now he’s on our Christmas card list, too. But the stove cooked the Thanksgiving turkey nicely and dishwasher handled most of the kitchen mess. We don’t have to go to the laundromat to wash mountains of clothes. I sent Jerry off with a card and a plate of chocolate chip cookies for his family.”
“So what are you going to do for vacation?”
“We’re going to vacation in front of the fireplace roasting chestnuts and marshmallows. The house is warm with baking. You should come and smell! Plus Rick and the kids promised to wash all the dishes during the holidays! What a gift!”
Rachel has the right attitude.
With the full-color hype of the holidays advertising the perfect Thanksgiving, the vacation of a lifetime, the greatest Christmas, and astonishing gifts for everyone on your list, it may be hard conceive being happy with anything else.
Forfeiting vacation plans in lieu of emergency expenses? Bummer. But an attitude of gratitude can make all the difference.
These words from the Bible provide just the right encouragement to change worry to prayer: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 4:6-7]
Rachel counts each experience and day as a gift because it is founded in Christ. He is the Prince of Peace. He provides the foundation and security of a place in his kingdom, even after an “emergency fund” on earth is exhausted.
As she observed, “When you’re the cook, you always get to lick the bowl!”
That’s a perc that even Sea World doesn’t offer.
Life is a blessing. Give God thanks today!
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. She lives in northeast Arizona with her husband, Ed. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]
And the best thing about that is the cook—that’s me—always gets to lick the bowl!”