Today’s post is back by popular demand. For those of you who need a laugh and a lesson in life…ENJOY!
I often tell my friends I’m here for their entertainment. I’m either doing something goofy that cracks them up or I’m just entertaining myself and cracking myself up. The story you’re about to hear is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent-except for mine and my husband’s. 🙂
It was the Friday after Thanksgiving and we were making our annual trip to pick out the perfect Christmas tree. Undaunted by our inability to find a tree that could rival the Griswald’s, we made our way to Lowe’s and began to survey the award-winning selection. And there it was! Glowing. As if angels were singing and a halo of light displayed it’s glistening beauty. “Yes sir, we’ll take that one!”
Donald had to stay to assure the tree would be properly trimmed, bagged and prepared for the truck. My job was to take the price tag to the cashier and pay for our prized possession. As I stood there talking to the cashier as if I had just had dinner with her family last week, I began to notice she was staring at me with the strangest look on her face. She was visibly confused and I didn’t have a clue why. All of a sudden she spouted… “Is that a fok on yo jacket?” Now I was confused. All I could say was, “What?” The sweet lady behind the cash register began laughing, then blurted out, “There’s a fork on your jacket…You got a fork on your jacket!”
O.K., now I know I’m a little slow, but all I could think of was, “Did she just say I have a fork on my jacket?” Of course, Curious to see what she was talking about, I glanced down and found a shiny silver fork stuck to the magnets on the front of my jacket. Yes…there was a fork on my jacket. That sweet cashier and I began laughing uncontrollably in a moment of bonding that can only take place when you realize you’re too goofy to retain any semblance of pride.
I can’t remember how many places we had been before someone was willing to tell me there was a fork on my jacket, but I was thankful she did. As I walked away that night I was reminded that there are times when we walk through this life with moods, attitudes and even sin sticking out like a fork on our jacket. Maybe we don’t even know it, but it’s very obvious to others.
How many times have I walked around with anger, impatience, frustration or pride exposed for the world to see? How do I respond when someone points out my prominent problems…sins stuck on my soul…shining brightly, but not so beautifully?
I’ve learned a lot of lessons from that silly fork. Serious lessons from a hilarious situation.
1. Don’t walk around like I’ve got it all together. (We are all flawed people in need of a flawless God)
2. Check myself out Examine myself, my moods, my attitudes and my heart.
3. Deal with my issues privately before I go out in public and make a fool of myself.
4. Listen to others when they’re willing to point out issues I need to deal with that I may have been blinded to.
5. Get over it. When I fail, get it right and then get over it. Don’t carry yesterday’s failure into today’s potential.
How about you? How do you deal with the spiritual forks on your jacket? What other lessons can we learn from that silly fork on my jacket?
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