I can hardly believe it happened! Last week I suggested that we make the Friday after Thanksgiving to be “Giving Friday”. Little did I know that there was coming a national “Giving Tuesday” this week. Who would have thought?
Anyhow, last night Vickie and I were sharing a fast food meal in the Food Court of the Mall of Georgia. It actually was not that crowded, surprisingly. A lady was seated near us who had some unmistakable features. You could see that she had been burned badly in a fire because of the scars on her face. And then you notice that she does not have a hand. As she is leaving, Vickie speaks to her (no surprise there). So we get into a short conversation with her.
She tells us that she is from Indiana and visiting Buford— to get her new legs. We did not notice that even though she was standing by us. She explained to us that she was in an accident while on the job 30 years ago in which a propane tank exploded. She later had to have her legs amputated due to infection. She is married and has a daughter. We continue to interact and discover that she goes every year to Wisconsin for snowmobiling in an area not too far from where we lived. Shortly before she left and as part of the conversation about snowmobiling she remarked, “At least my feet don’t get cold.” And she walked away.
We did not have the opportunity to get into her spiritual condition so I do not know if she is a believer. However, I do know that she had a good attitude about something that is very difficult in life.
She could have been a bitter person. But she did not communicate that spirit at all.
I was challenged by her attitude of acceptance and not being bitter. It has been said that with every circumstance in life you can choose to be bitter or better. We have to be careful about a “root of bitterness.”
Hebrews 12:15 - See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;
Bitterness is a result of not accepting the grace of God for the circumstances that you face. No matter what we go through in life, God gives you grace for the need and for the moment.
Hebrews 4:15–16 - For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
2 Corinthians 12:8–9 - Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
James 4:6 - But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Bitter or better—the choice is yours. We must choose to accept the grace that God provides.
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