It is not uncommon for me to be sipping on a nice warm cup of coffee that I had no part in making. Actually, it seems as though it has become a chore with the wife tag attached to it. You know what I’m talking about right? Men, how often have you heard it said “I don’t take the garbage out, that’s a mans job!” or ladies, “I don’t do dishes, that’s a womans job!” The coffee-making in our house has been designated to my wife. It has become a womans job. Don’t worry, it is a glorious and illustrious job. To be able to prepare something so smooth, so delicious, so satisfying is a work of art and Jennie get’s to be the artist.
Tim, whats the point? is the question you are probably asking. Valid question I must say, so here is the point.
Because Jennie has been so faithful in making me the heavenly nectar, I have almost begun to expect it. Have you ever felt like someone wronged you because you were expecting them to do something, even though they were never entitled to do it in the first place? What I’m saying is that I began to feel indignant when my coffee wasn’t made for me when I wanted it. I began to see this ugly “I deserve this!” attitude begin to creep up in my inner chambers. I didn’t like it! After all, this was something that she does for me out of the goodness in her heart. She doesn’t have to make me coffee…Really, she doesn’t.
The point I am trying to make is that sometimes we take other people’s goodness for granted. We begin to expect others who have shown us favor in the past to keep it up, and when they don’t, for whatever reason, we get indignant. I don’t want to be a person who is indignant. I want to be overflowing with gratitude. I want to see generosity for what it is. I want my heart to bask in the glow of someone with a servant’s heart. I want to be a thankful person.
I guess I could have just came out and said thank you. Thank you all who have been generous towards me and my family as we prepare for full-time missions work. I don’t ever want you to think you are not appreciated. You really are a part of this team and your support on all levels is a blessing. So, Thank you!
P.S. If you are ever in our neighborhood drop on by for a cup of nectar. Really, Jennie’s Cafe is always open and the coffee is always hot. We would love to have you.