When growing up, my parents taught me that if I never wasted, I would never be in the want. Last month, I celebrated Easter at my house, and I bought a bag of my favorite jelly beans. Well… in this bag of jelly beans, there is a flavor called green apple. This is the one flavor that I do not like at all. Keeping in mind what my parents taught me, I would always eat the green apple ones, even though I would choke on the taste. I’ve got to tell you… this time, I couldn’t bring myself to eat them. I finally made an adult decision to just throw them away and never eat them again! It is liberating to know, I will no longer be eating green apple jelly beans! My life is so much better now lol!
Just when things are moving along fine and then BAM something bad happens (at least we think so at the time). It has happened to all of us. We immediately ask why. Why did this happen, what am I doing wrong, why can’t things work out, etc. It’s especially hard on parents when it happens to their children. Some parents would rather take the fall than to see their children suffer. God wants us to grow in grace. God wants us all to learn to be strong and responsible but yet loving and compassionate. How do we learn to be good if there isn’t bad? How would we know about light if there wasn’t dark? We have to learn to accept things as they are, because it’s all part of life’s lessons. Keep the faith no matter what.
The most valuable gift you can give someone is your time. Spend a small amount of your time today by giving someone your undivided attention. It could be an elderly person, co-worker, friend, relative, etc. Parents please take the time from your hectic schedule and pay attention to your children. They would much rather spend time with you than any material object. You may even want to devote some time to yourself or spend time with your pet. This is a great act of caring and compassion.