It was just like other Sunday mornings where I’m trying to grab all my stuff to get into the car quickly so that my family and I can make it to church on time. The very last thing I do is to fill up my tumbler with hot water for my roasted dandelion tea (I stopped drinking caffeinated drinks, so dandelion tea has become my go-to drink in the mornings). After getting settled in the car, I took a sip of my drink and realized that IT WAS LUKEWARM!!! Actually, it was more on the cooler side than lukewarm. I immediately thought to myself, “Ugh! Now my day is ruined! Why wasn’t the water in the electric kettle hot?” But two seconds after my initial thought, I laughed at myself. I mean, how weak of a person am I that I’m going to let a lukewarm drink ruin my entire day? I visualized comparing the size of the cup next to the size of my day. 16 oz. to 24 hours. 16. oz. to 1,440 minutes. 16. oz. to 86,400 seconds! Is my life so insignificant that I’m going to let a 16 oz. beverage dictate an entire day? How about you? Do you allow one thing/person/situation “ruin” the rest of your day?
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
1 Corinthians 10:4
Sometimes the “strongholds” we feel seem so much greater in significance or power. Maybe you took a sip of your coffee/tea and noticed that it was the wrong temperature. Maybe you received a text from a friend that left you feeling upset, annoyed or angry. Or maybe you got cut off on the road and the other driver had the audacity to honk at you, yell at you or even give you a “hand gesture of disapproval.” Maybe you felt wronged or disrespected. Whatever the thing, person, or situation it may be, I invite you to ask yourself why you’re willing to give away your time, energy, and even your power over to something or someone.
One time, I was driving to an appointment and I started slowing down so that I can make sure I would not miss the driveway to the house. Because it was a single lane road (going one way and another lane going the other way), the convertible behind me had to slow down… and he did NOT like that. He decided to speed up and quickly drive around me. As he cut me off, he gave me that famous three-finger salute and then peeled off. At first, I got annoyed, but shortly afterwards, I prayed for him to make it home safely and that if he’s having a bad day, God would bring about a sense of peace in his heart. I was amazed at how quickly I was able to let go of letting that ruin the rest of my day.
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…”
“A man’s insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.”
So as we go into a new week, I encourage you to live a life of great significance… and a life that’s bigger than a 16 oz. hot beverage.
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