Wise Purchases

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I don’t always make wise purchases. Like the time I got gallons of peachy paint only to get them home and realize it would make my house look like Publix.

Or the time I went along with my husband’s idea of buying a double kayak, which he went out in with me maybe three times in the water behind our house. It was too large for me to tote anywhere on my own and we eventually ended up selling it to someone who bought it as a graduation gift for her son.  I don’t remember whatever became of all the peachy paint.

But, I want to tell you about three things that WERE wise purchases and have and still are serving me well.

First is my trusty backpack. I have had it for 15 years and it’s still going strong. It was first purchased for a trip to Ireland, and has been put to use ever since for hiking, carry-on for plane flight, trips with grandkids, to the library, and even to work some days. It’s thin enough to flatten in the bottom of a suitcase it needed. I purchased it from the Rick Steves website, where you can find the updated version.

Second is my Brita water bottle. I’ve had it for about three years, not sure exactly. I actually found it marked down at Publix, but it can be ordered online. It goes with me when I travel. I take it empty through security, then fill it on the other side at a water fountain.  I’ve ordered refill filters via amazon. It’s also used when I hike.

My most recent wise purchase is a hiking stick. I ordered it for hiking, but soon after had knee surgery. I used it to hobble around at work for a short while and now use it whenever I hike up and down any inclines. It’s super lightweight and folds up into its own little bag.

Today I await delivery of what I hope is another wise purchase – a new laptop.  I don’t have a desktop, so it IS my desktop.  My old one (Asus) has served me well but in laptop years I think it’s older than me. If it’s like dog years it’s 70. I use my chromebook (Lenovo now) on a very regular basis, but there are somethings I just can’t do on it, such as edit photos. I’m excited to see if this purchase (Lenovo) will magically improve my writing and photography skills. Time will tell.

 

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Grace and Respect

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One definition of grace is a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior. There is none more superior than GOD, and no grace greater than what He gives. So, we as Christians are called to show grace. One aspect of this grace is respect.

“ The grace life respects not only elders and people of authority but everyone it encounters.” – David Jeremiah

I work part-time in a small office and have been impressed by the respectfulness of those around me when they are talking to customers on the phone. I love shopping at Publix because of the wonderful customer service that is extended to everyone, rich or poor. I feel good when I see Publix hires learning disabled adults, giving them self-respect.

 But, Jesus is our best example when it comes to respect. He was respectful, yet truthful to the woman at the well. He was respectful to the little children when His disciples would have turned them away. He was respectful to those who came to Him, in their broken and sinful state, seeking forgiveness. How much more should we, then, who have received grace, extend that grace to all around us?

 I am reminded of these verses from Luke:

11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

 

My challenge today is to show grace to all I meet, for God has reached down in His grace and forgiven me.