Be Kind. The World Needs More Kind.
I. Am. Not. A. Hoarder!
I. Am. A. Pack. Rat!
I grew up around parents who would often say, "Hang on to that you never know when you might need it." I can attest that they both have instilled into me that character trait. Out of their frugal nature, they were able to help many friends and neighbors in need. The generosity of their soul was born out of a great appreciation for all things and the stewardship of those things. Both were born in 1931 and in the midst of the Great Depression. Both grew up on family farms that provided them with food out of the field and not from stores. They both understood back-breaking labor that made good things possible. I can still hear my dad say, "There is no substitute for good hard work." I guess dad would have scoffed at the new perspective of, "Work smarter not harder."! The image here is of a tube of toothpaste that I have been squeezing, coaxing, and cajoling to release its contents for about two weeks. (There is still at least two more days of tooth brushing joy yet to be realized....**insert toothy grin here**)
Why toothpaste? Well, it could be any product that we use and depend upon for daily living. Living in a "throw away" society has weakened us to a place where simple items have now become difficult to procure and or so expensive to buy. We depend upon so much that we used to take for granted.
Today is another day of anxiety and fear for many. I feel a disturbing knot in my abdomen and wonder what tomorrow will bring. Oh wait, today needs to be dealt with. As is usually the case, I find solace in God's word and today is no different. The book of James is akin to splashing alcohol based aftershave on a freshly shaved (scraped) face. Or applying hand sanitizer on hands with cuts and cuticle tears. Holy Snikeys!!!!!! Read these 17 verses. It will take about a minute or two at the most. It will set your heart straight and give you hope in an otherwise hectic day.