She had just decided she would make something different for dinner that night- spaghetti. This is the norm for the typical American family, but not for the family of different allergies. When she asked her kids if they wanted the same old same old: hamburger for dinner or spaghetti for a change- they chose spaghetti excitedly.
She just got the hamburger ground up and the wee boy starts yelling from the bathroom, “I want hamburrrgggerrrr!”
She growls at him like the beast off of Beauty in the Beast, “You just chose spaghetti. You want a hamburger? Go get a job. Then walk to the store and buy beef. Then come home and make yourself a hamburger!”
The boy, not even able to wipe his own butt, looked at her confused. “But… Ummm, I can’t do that mom!” His mom glared at him and growled, “You’re getting spaghetti- and you are going to like it or starve.”
Every year she makes the same resolution- to tame her tongue- to be encouraging and positive.
Every year she fails miserably within hours of the new year.
Her brothers never had stylish hair cuts. Once they got stylish wives, they got stylish haircuts. Instead of complementing the hair cuts she starts calling her brothers “tullems ” (mullets spelled backwards) because the style these days is long in the front and short in the back.
Resolutions for the new year always have the tendency to fail- unless there is a change in heart. She won’t be able to speak with encouragement and positivity unless her heart is flowing with it. The good news is in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come : The old has gone, the new is here!”
Change may come quick, or change may take time. Sometimes a change when attempted alone may fail- but everything will succeed with God’s help- one way or another.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Do you need God’s grace and strength to make a change? What matters is you keep trying, and you keep asking for God’s help in the matter. Some day you will succeed- it may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but- some day!