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Perspective from a Potato

Picture this: I’m standing in the kitchen, pulling the ingredients together for the super awesome crock-pot dinner I had planned for the evening.  I grab the bag of potatoes – which has two in it – and discover that one of them is rotten.  Moldy.  Squishy.  I need two potatoes for the recipe.  I turn back to the potato drawer and see that there are three little red potatoes left.  “Well, I guess that will have to do,” I think to myself.  So, I go to work preparing dinner.

A little bit later, a sense of failure washed over me.  “Why didn’t you check the potatoes before grocery shopping?  That was dumb!  You could have gotten more.”  I went for a walk (my time to decompress), and realized there are two perspectives to my potato incident.  I could see it as a failure – I hadn’t ensured that both potatoes were still edible.  Or, I could see it as a moment of resourcefulness.  I didn’t have two good russets, so I subbed in what I had on hand.

I think I like that one better.

I think it’s the same way in our walk with the Lord.  When he allows us to hit bumps in the road, we have two options: to see it as a bump in the road and cry and moan about it, or we can see it as an opportunity for growth.  In my experience, when I can shift my perspective to see life’s difficulties as a chance to grow, the situation becomes more bearable.  I have a sense of direction now.

All of this makes me think of God’s discipline.  Hebrews 12:7 says “Endure trials for the sake of discipline.  God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline?”  A few verses later, Hebrews 12:11 says “Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

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So maybe my potato incident wasn’t “discipline”, but I think it illustrates the point of perspective.  When those difficulties in life do show up, changing our perspective makes such a difference.  Knowing that those difficulties (discipline) will grow us – it makes me feel a lot better.

Blessings!

Beth

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  1. Who would have thought that so much wisdom could come from a rotten potato! Well written my dear. I love you so much. – Mom

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