We all have fell into the abyss of can’t remember. It’s not fun when you’re desperately seeking something and simply for the life you can’t remember where it was or where you left it. Sometimes it’s through our frustrations and disappointments that we start remembering.
Life has a way of catching us becoming thankless and ungrateful. It’s been my observation that toward the end when time and age has caught up with us and disappointments are many that we’ll eventually start remembering things that we should have been thankful for and wasn’t or things that we should have been happy about and wasn’t.
It’s like the old traditional story of the preacher that trades his bicycle for a lawnmower. He had moved to a new church. This particular church didn’t have a lawnmower so he was looking for somebody to either mow the lawn or sell him a used lawnmower. One day he saw this young man going by pushing a lawnmower. So the preacher asked him, “Hey, looking for a job?” The young man said, “Sure.” It turned out that he was mowing yards and trying to earn enough money to buy a bicycle. Being a young preacher and not really minding mowing the yard himself, he told the young man that he had a 10 speed bicycle that he didn’t ride much anymore and would trade him the bike for his lawnmower.
Well, the young man was ecstatic. They swapped and the young man took off on the bicycle. He rode around the block and came back to see the preacher standing in the same place wiping sweat off his brow. The preacher waved the boy over and said, “Hey, I’ve pulled on this rope a half a dozen times and this lawn mower just won’t start.”
The young man said, “Preacher, I hate to tell you this but it’s a special kind of lawnmower. You have to cuss it to get it to start.”
The preacher looked at him and said, “Well, I’ve been in the ministry so long I don’t think I can remember how to cuss.”
The young man grinned and said, “Pull on the rope some more and it’ll come back to you.”
Now I’m not advocating cussing, but if you live long enough, things will start coming back to you. I imagine it will be things that you should have been thankful for and wasn’t or things you should have been happy about and wasn’t. During this time of the year see how many things you can be thankful for and see how little you can complain about.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!