A Year of Smiles – Day 219

Reason to SMILE #219: A GOOD, SWIFT KICK 

… in the pants! 

Yep. There are times when it is completely necessary. Sometimes we get in a funk and can’t seem to find our way out. We begin wallowing in self-pity and despair over lost love, an unfavorable situation at work or a missed opportunity. The more we think of our unhappy circumstances, the more we whine and complain. And with each verse of our sob songs, we make ourselves and all those around us more and more miserable. Until… 

… someone decides to gives us a good, swift kick in the hiney or a smack on the back of the head. Sure. It may not always take a physical altercation to bring us out of our negativity and back to the land of abundant living but a kick sure does grab the attention! And when we’ve made it past a certain point in our little pity parties, it often takes something drastic to wake us up from our self-indulgent stupors.

Even more, it takes someone special to do the waking, kicking or rescuing. It takes someone willing to take us by the shoulders, look us in the eyes and tells us to get with it, to stop dwelling on our problems and start counting our blessings. It takes someone willing to risk a friendship or risk the backlash they may incur in order to help a friend find joy again.

We need lots of someones like that in our lives. We need to be those someones for others.

A good, swift kick in the pants most likely will not make us SMILE – at least not at first. But if it works, if it wakes us up from our stupor of negativity and self-pity, we’ll be grateful to the one who cared enough to do the kicking!

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A Year of Smiles- Day 26

Reason to SMILE #26: PERFECT TIMING (a/k/a GOD’S TIMING)

ok-gesture-emoji-smileyI was on a mission.  I needed 40 boxes of crayons for goodie bags for children displaced by the SW Georgia storms and I needed them ASAP.  I thought I knew the best place to go to find what I needed at a great price but I was alone and a solo trek to Wally World would not make my husband happy.  (I have a muscle disorder.  Wally World is such a big store and always has a crowd.  If something happened causing me to fall, I wouldn’t be able to get up easily.  He’s just looking out for me!  I love him for it but it gets annoying – especially when I have an immediate need to shop! 😉 )

I set out for the closest office supply store.  I walked through the school supplies aisle and spotted the crayons.  What?  They wanted how much for one box??  I left that store as fast as I could.  My next stop was one of those dollar stores that seems to be on every corner in South Georgia.  Surely they have crayons at a reasonable price.  I found 4 boxes.

“This is crazy.  I don’t have time to check every dollar store,” I thought.  I had to get back to my church to organize all the donations for the goodie bags.  I finally decided that I would have to make my husband angry and go to the store that he had forbidden.  It was for a good cause.  Surely, my husband would understand.  (I wasn’t about to call him about it, though!  It’s easier to get forgiveness than approval, right?…I know – that’s a horrible mantra!)

Still trying to be a good wife, I called a friend as I was making my way to Wally World.  There was no answer.  “C’mon!” I thought.  “I really need someone to go with me.”  Realizing I was on my own, I began to pray.  “Lord, you know I want to be a good wife and honor my husband’s request but I need 36 more boxes of crayons.  When I get there, can you please provide me with a parking place close to the store so I can get in, get what I need and get out?”  (I suppose I thought a short visit would be more acceptable.  I don’t know.  Maybe I just pray crazy things when I’m stressed.)

I arrived at Wally World and circled the parking lot 3 times.  Guess what.  There was no close parking space.  I had already decided that if there wasn’t a parking spot up front, I wouldn’t go in.  So, I sat in my car trying to decide where to go next.  Then I looked up and saw another one of those dollar stores right next door which I had forgotten.

I parked my car near the dollar store and walked in.  I made my way to the aisle where I thought I’d find crayons and I found something even better.  Standing right before me was another one of my friends and her daughter shopping for coloring books for our goodie bags.  WooHoo!  (I wanted to shout but I didn’t.  That would have been weird. 😉 )

It turned out that my friend left the dollar store and went straight over to  Wally World.  I didn’t find crayons where I was so I gave my friend a quick call.  Rather than me walking over to Wally World to join her, my friend offered to check for the crayons I needed.  She didn’t find what I needed but because God put us in the same place at the same time, I didn’t have to be a bad wife! 😉

How awesome is our God!  He provides over and over for us.  He may not provide how we think He should – I wanted a front parking spot at a store that I just knew had what I needed – but God always provides.  And His provisions are right on time – I found those 36 boxes of crayons at yet another dollar store and at an awesome price!  I even made it back to the church in plenty of time to get all the goodie bags organized.

At the end of my shopping trip, I sure was tired but I had a great reason to SMILE!

 

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