Thought for the Day: On Sunday after church, I was walking to the parking lot feeling good about the morning. I had a couple of really good conversations with people, and I was looking forward to my kid getting home from the Youth Spring Retreat at Gonzalez. As I reached for my car door, I felt something strange. Ugh! I had just stepped in gum, and not a small piece. Oh no, it covered half the heel on my shoe. I grabbed a wrapper from the floor of the backseat and tried to get it off… but no success. I finally had to take my shoe off and drive home where I spent a long time trying to get the gum off. What a pain!
You’re probably thinking to yourself right now, “What does that have to do with the scripture?” Absolutely nothing! Well actually, it was a good reminder how some of the things that I can so easily consider to be a problem are nowhere near a problem. Yet too often we can allow something less than perfect in life to consume us negatively, and then we draw our emotions and reactions from that negativity. Suddenly the gum on the bottom of a shoe is the catalyst for rude, nasty or even hateful words… and then it might move beyond just words. I’m not suggesting that gum on the bottom of a shoe could start WWIII, but there is a wealth of good treasure within us all assuming it doesn’t get lost in the negative. And there are folks out there dealing with real bad stuff who need our positive words and energy that shouldn’t be touched by some gum on the shoe.
Prayer: Keep my spirit and attitude positive. Help me, Holy God, to be the blessing you need me to be in this world. Amen.
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