Don’t accept a meal from a tightwad; don’t expect anything special. He’ll be as stingy with you as he is with himself; he’ll say, “Eat! Drink!” but won’t mean a word of it. His miserly serving will turn your stomach when you realize the meal’s a sham.
Proverbs 23:6-8 MSG
I recall watching Saturday Night Live skits of Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas feast and family gatherings. The families fought & bickered and fussed. That was strange to me. Although I teased my sister endlessly & we had our family disfinctions I didn’t recall any serious problems. Maybe that was because I was the youngest and could usually find the humor in every situation or would often create it.
Today’s verse had me reflect on selfish, stingy people who are unhappy with themselves, even in times that should be filled with joy. Misery loves company so they are unhappy with everyone and it shows.
During the holidays (including New Years) you may have found yourself going to an event or family function & gritting your teeth, watching the clock until it stricks midnight (or sooner) so you can get the hell outta there before you too turn into a sour puss.
I had to think for a moment…stop and consider all this:
May we realize that there are some people, sometimes even family members, who are not always pleasant to be around but may we let God help us not be that type person.
“So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk. You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God.” 1 Peter 2:1-3 MSG
“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, Philippians 2:5 NASB
I find myself continually having to consciously let The King of kings be my Lord.
In Christ, Beetle
Don’t forget the humor but also be willing to accept the sad truth… I believe only you can let Christ help you. I use to say only you can control you but the more I try to control myself the more self cetered I become; however, when I ask God for His Spirit He calms & changes me from the inside out, after all He lives in me & from within my flesh He alone is able to truly help humble me & help transform me to what He wants.
The Road To Zion is in your heart.
With all said & done I have just two words