Think Like Him

Most of the RAGBRAI riders left by 10:00 a.m. David’s boss was handing out water to them as they went through his hometown. He told David to wait until after ten to open the lumberyard.

Since they were opening late, David didn’t plan on coming home for lunch. I knew he was going to the store after work. It was going to be a long, lonely day.

I started the laundry and pulled out my “Nursing Home Service” folder. David chose 3 hymns to sing and I chose several to play before the service. The music draws the residents to the meeting room.

After practicing those for an hour, I practiced the songs for Sunday morning. I switched loads and headed to the kitchen for lunch.

No salad. No lettuce to make a salad.

I forgot Aldi was out of lettuce on Wednesday. David wasn’t coming home for lunch so I couldn’t ask him to bring something home. We did not replace the truck after it was totaled and I couldn’t go get lunch.

I dug out some leftovers and ate them. I was just finishing when David walked in the door!

I was mad. He didn’t understand why. The inconvenience of not having lettuce for lunch consumed me. He left and went out to eat.

1 Peter 4:1, 2, “Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like Him. (2) Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.” The Message

I was tyrannized by not getting what I wanted – a salad. Expecting to get my own way is a sinful habit. Maybe that’s why I’m frequently stuck eating leftovers while everyone else eats out. I certainly was not thinking like Him.

(I don’t want to publish this post. Sigh.)

July 26, 2019: 1 Peter 4-5; Jude 1.

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