Are You Waiting?

I walked into the "Y" this morning with Mia in tow and she got all pumped up because she saw her little friend to play with in the parking lot.  But before we went down to the play room, her friend got to stop at the vending machine and get a pack of cookies.  Smile turned to frown.  As she looked down at the lame bag of pretzels in her hand that she was no longer grateful for, she drearily sulked down to the playroom.

When I picked her up an hour later, she was happily playing, said her thank-you's, grabbed her coat and left.  I asked her if she enjoyed her pretzels and she said "yes; oreos are not healthy right now anyway"; to which I agreed and said, don't you think you'd rather save your sweets for that yummy M&M ice cream tonight after dinner?  Yes!  She said.

Titus 2 says "God's readiness to give and forgive is now public.  Salvation's available for everyone! We're being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a god-filled, god-honoring life.  This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears.  He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness."  The Message

Patience is often referred to as "long-suffering".  It is not one of my strong points as a mom, but I do understand the long-suffering part, especially when someone is whining incessantly...  am I indulging my flesh by blowing up? or suffering long, by breathing slowly while they go on a rampage?  Indulgent usually refers to getting what we want NOW, instead of waiting, and can refer to a number of things.

Are you settling for vending machine cookies, or waiting for something much, much better?

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