I can’t wait for Thanksgiving! Family, friends, fellowship, and food; it doesn’t get any better! One of my favorite things, is being at my mom’s and snoozing on her couch, while attempting to watching some Lifetime movie about a disgruntled wife killing her good for nothin’, lying, cheating husband.
I’m not sure if its the tryptophan in the turkey, or if mom slips propofol in our tea, so that we don’t make a mess in her house (she’s a tad OCD). Either way, naps at mom’s houses are the best naps ever! I mean, head flopped over, mouth wide open, drool running down kind of naps! I guess that would explain the plastic on her furniture.
Whatever it is, I like it! The comfort of being in one place with (almost) the whole family. The discomfort of having eaten way too much, and thankful that we can! We are blessed! But when the tryptophan and/or the propofol wear off, while we’re still groggy and have sleep in our eyes, mom doesn’t hesitate to hand out the dust rag and the vacuum cleaner and put us to work! And just like that, all the thankfulness flies out the window! It’s as if we’re in a time warp, and me and my sister are arguing over who’s going to do what; all the while mom’s yelling at us to finish our chores.
That’s often how it is in our spiritual walks. When things are easy and good, we’re all about throwing out the ‘thank you’s’; but when difficulty strikes, and we are required to dig in and work, we often start grumbling and complaining. Shame on us!
After all God’s done for us, should we really mind having to do anything He requires? Yet, we whine, and make excuses. like little babies, when He asks us to do something. When difficulties strike, or something bad happens,instead of turning to Him, often times, He’s the one we question and blame. Maybe we should all be thankful we don’t get what we deserve!
The moral of this story is, enjoy the good times with all that you’ve got, because eventually, the propofol wears off, and the chores are coming! Just wipe the drool off your chin, and the sleep out of your eyes, dig in your heels and get to work! It’s never always going to be nap time.
Phillipians 2:14-16 Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing.