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Topic: Angry (08/02/07)
By Lenda Blackmon
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Everyone should approach life the way my 5 year old grandson, Luke, approached the ice cream sundae table at the church fellowship.
He was so excited and so full of anticipation while we waited in line. The little guy just could not stand still and his conversation was filled with such words as awesome, fantastic and wonderful. He gave me moment-by-moment updates on how close we were getting to the serving line.
When he was one step away he turned and informed me, “Nanaw, I am only one step away and you are two steps away and Papa is three steps away.”
When he finally reached the table, he stepped out of line and jumped up in the air, bent over and slapped the floor when he landed. I really thought for a minute that he was going to turn a flip.
Then he let the servers serve him a dip of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream. He wanted to try them all. As we went to the next table full of every topping imaginable, he was still jumping up and down and using those words, “Awesome, fantastic!” He had me put almost all of them on his sundae; a little of this and a little of that and all the while his eyes growing bigger and bigger along with the smile on his face.
When he had finally finished making his sundae, he said, “Hmm, this is made with the finest ingredients.”
You know he never once grew angry because he had to wait in line so long. The anticipation just made it that much better for him. I feel I learned something from Luke that day. To approach this life with so much excitement and anticipation that I just can’t stand it. Trying something new and adding a little of this and a little of that, all the good things that God, our Father, has offered us. Life is too short to be angry about the insignificant things, like long lines or traffic jams. Oh, how I hope that God is watching me and smiling about how much I am enjoying this life He has given me, and I hope I am making it with all the finest ingredients.
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