Choosing to Chuckle

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:13-15

The phone is ringing, the dog is barking outside and someone is at the front door while I’m cooking dinner at a crucial point. What do I do? The phone can go to voicemail, the dog can keep on barking, the food can be removed from the heat source and I can take a deep breath and go calmly answer the door. I quickly turn and take a step only to have my cat weave between my feet causing me to stumble into the corner of the counter. Yet, I am thankful for being able to grab it without twisting my ankle or falling to the ground. By the time I get to the front door, I see a Fed Ex truck drive off.

Now, this is where I have a choice: do I grumble and complain about why that all happened and how it could have been avoided? It would be easy to do so, yet I have ears around me. Our children take in everything we do. They see and hear much more than we think. They observe, soak in and model after us. Therefore, we must choose to be a light and shine for them and those around us.

I chuckle and head back to the kitchen. My son brings the dog inside and asks who was at the front door. I said it was Fed Ex and that I put the package on the counter. He was elated because it was a gift for his friend. He then asks if he can help with dinner. I’m thankful for his help and the chance to talk with him.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your Word that shows us how to respond to life’s chaos. Thank you for giving us a sense of humor and other means to display your light in the midst of it all. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

For further reading: Philippians 2

Published by Tiffany C. Schwander

Tiffany has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University and has been helping families for over 20 years. She and her husband, Mark, are raising their teenage twin sons to be strong in their faith and knowledgeable in the Word to strongly face life’s joys and trials. Tiffany has been Linda Colby’s associate teacher for the past three years in a national women’s ministry leading and guiding women and teens. Tiffany enjoys encouraging, teaching and counseling women and children into a closer relationship with Jesus as they study His Word.

3 thoughts on “Choosing to Chuckle

  1. I felt as those I was right there in the kitchen with you. Such a wonderful illustration of how life is messy and how we can choose how we respond knowing that others are listening and watching. Great life lesson. Keep chuckling! Blessings, Susan

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