I was in town the other morning with the children, doing some quick shopping to get some Christmas gifts ready. What with a few relatives coming on Christmas day I want to make something special for them. I know that they won’t expect anything, but I love to give.
Unfortunately this time of the year is always quite tight money wise, which is normally ok, but this morning it did get to me.
So I was in our local christian bookshop picking up some books and puzzles that I’d had put away for No 2 sons birthday (this week) and some Christmas gifts when it added up to more than what I expected, but then doesn’t it always!!!
I was a bit shocked I must admit at how much I had put away and was beginning to feel quite down about it. I was mentally doing our budget when the lady at the counter, whom I know very well said that she had some bad news.
Now I immediately thought of her, but it was that a gentleman at church had passed away yesterday and was away from home and his family when it happened.
This really put my money problems (or lack of) into perspective.
Now if I really wanted to take the time and put my small problems into perspecitve more I could just look at the post linked up about Taylor McGinnis and the troubles she has been having (praise God for all he is doing there). Or I could just think about the man on the news who ran over his 9 month old baby boy with a fork lift and how he must be feeling about that and the fact that his son died.
Wow lets really think about our problems and actually take the time to look around us and see how others are faring. There is so much pain and suffering in this world, how bad is ours really. And then if our pain and suffering is great let us remember who to turn to for strength and peace.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
I know that the man at church that passed away was a Christian and that he is now in his heavenly home, but I feel terrible for his wife and children and I pray that God will bless them and give them peace during this time.
I don’t know about the man on the news who ran over his son, I don’t know if he is a Christian but I pray that he will find some comfort during this awful period in his families life and that others will support them and come together to comfort them, without judging.
Thank you Lord for pulling me up and putting my problems into perspective, thank you that my problems are something you can handle in an instant and all I need to do is turn them over to you.
This post is linked up here…