The other day, I spilled my coffee on the floor first thing.
Okay…pretty small problem right. I mean, c’mon.
And, I get that. People have it much worse in the world. Actually, that’s my point.
In a world full of sin and suffering, we often times make a HUGE deal out of stuff that is inconsequential.
Maybe you’re a bit further along in your sanctification than I am…
But don’t the smallest things happen sometimes that just get us so bent out of shape?
For me, it was spilled coffee. I’ll be honest…at 5am, I’m doing good to be up and moving at all…let alone without my coffee.
Plus I had just taken a shower, and it was all over me. I mean that does not make for the start of a great day.
Except…it was a great day. It really was.
I got to spend the day with my kids, watching cartoons early in the morning, eating lunch together, napping together in the afternoon, and playing together the rest of the day.
The biblical story is chock full of God’s people sweating “the small stuff,” failing to be thankful in the midst of adversity, and, trading their worship for the immediate pleasures of sin.
And yet, God chases them. God had chosen a people, and would stop at nothing to accomplish their redemption.
The simple lesson here: Find the bright side of every situation.
I know this is not the “deep theology” type of content you are used to hearing from me. Plenty of that to come, for sure…
But often I need to be reminded of taking my theology and applying to the practical, day-to-day.
The Apostle Paul said it much better than I could:
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. (1 Cor. 13: 1-2)
Sometimes, I need that wake up call. I need to be reminded that, before I am a knowledgable theologian, I am a Christ-honoring Christian.
If I’m honest, I sometimes make that mistake. Let’s do better. 🙂
P.S. In other news, my family and I are headed on a “secret” vacation in a few days to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. The kids have no clue…we’re pretty excited! Prayers, please, for a safe trip.