April 19, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart            … Pastor’s Help Mate

April 19, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart            … Pastor’s Help Mate

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  Phil. 4:1

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thes. 5:18

In the light of this that Scripture read this thoughtfully twice….

“It is always possible to be grateful for what is given,

rather than resentful over what is withheld.

One or the other will become a way of life.”

  Mary Kassian

I have a little poem I would like to read to you that will perhaps put this thought into a different perspective.

The Cookie Thief  (Source Unknown)

A woman was waiting at an airport one night.

With several long hours before her flight.

She hunted for a book in the airport shop,

Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book, but happened to see,

That the man beside her, as bold as could be,

Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between

Which she tried to ignore, to avoid a scene.

She read, munched cookies, and watched the clock,

She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,

Thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I’d blacken his eye!”

With each cookie she took, he took one, too.

When only one was left, she wondered what he’d do.

With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh,

He took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other.

She snatched it from him and thought, “Oh brother,

This guy has some nerve, and he’s also rude,

Why, he didn’t even show any gratitude!”

She had never known when she had been so galled,

And sighed with relief when her flight was called.

She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate

Refusing to look back at the “thieving ingrate.”

She boarded the plane and sank in her seat,

Then sought her book, which was almost complete.

As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise.

There was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes!

“If mine are here,” she moaned with despair,”

Then the others were his and he tried to share!”

Too late to apologize, she realized with grief,

That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief!

“It is always possible to be grateful for what is given rather than resentful over what is withheld.    One or the other will become a way of life.”

YES,  we do need to be careful that a resentful attitude  does not become a way of life. Our grateful attitude can become contagious and the JOY of our Heart.

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