A Very Short Story About Living

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. Hebrews 13:17

He hated every minute living in his new “home”. He couldn’t stand the food. He was convinced the workers were stealing from him. His bed was uncomfortable. The other people who lived nearby were “old and winy”. He felt he had lost everything. From the time his son and daughter took his car away until the day they moved him into this assisted living home, he felt his sense of self slipping. His only answer was to rebel as best he could. He settled on a caustic bitterness. One day he had a visitor who, after listening to the standard barrage of grievances, boldly asked him why he was acting like this. The man had a hundred excuses, but his visitor wanted more. “Are you a Christian”, he asked pointedly. “Well, yeah, I guess I am”, came a hesitant response. “Then why are you acting like this is the end of your life? You have many more years. These people around you are here for you . . . and you are here for them. Don’t ever forget that in the midst of the ugliest of all circumstances, your Lord made the best of His environment. Even when He was on His cross He was welcoming a fellow crucified into His Kingdom. You have been welcomed into His Kingdom too. It’s easy to forget when things aren’t going your way, put please remember.” The man had nothing to say for a long time. Then he said simply, “Thank you!”

Jesus, teach us contentment and joy in all circumstances. Amen.

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