OUCH!!! “I”…???…???…???…am a horrible, terrible, no-good, very bad “MESS” this year, folks!!! Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…
The holiday hustle, 2016 has NOT entailed very peaceful or graceful “MOVES”…out on the dance-floor of “LIFE” here in Jill-ville, folks!!! “LIFE IS DIFFICULT!!!” Unfortunately, “I” do NOT handle “STRESS” well, AT ALL!!! The bible tells us, however, that it is during these most “DIFFICULT” times during which we gain an inner strength from GOD. “FOR WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG.” (2 Corinthians 12:10) When times are tough…???…???…???…the TOUGH get going!!! And Going. AND GOING…(like the EVER-READY bunny), right??? RIGHT!!! UGH!!! :/
I have been weak and I MUST admit that I have NOT gained HIS strength here lately. It’s time for a confession!!! I’ve GOT to come “CLEAN,”!!! I invite you to join me on another trip to “JILL’S WORLD,” folks. A trip down…???…???…???… “CONFESSION ALLY”. :/ Ready??? OKAY…(sounds like a cheer, huh?) 😉
JUST yesterday…I got caught in the “CRAZY” trap of “SELFISHNESS”!!! Yep, “I”…???…???…???…am SELFISH…to the bone!!! I raced around town scheduling furniture delivery to the new rental property…BEFORE even meeting the homeowner to view the townhouse AND without signing a rental agreement or anything!!! HA!!! WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!! Now “I” surely MUST be “CRAZY,” right??? RIGHT!!!
Sofa sectional is scheduled for Friday delivery, next week. CHECK!!! Beds are scheduled for Sat. delivery (12/31) CHECK!!! SOOOooo, I raced over to pick up a few things for Christmas (Yep, a last minute shopper!!! But there were others out there too. I was NOT alone. And ONE more thing…???…???…???…“I AIN’T GOT NO MONEY”( a previous blog post) to shop for presents ‘neath our Christmas tree this year ANYWAYS!!!) 😉 Do NOT feel sorry for us, folks. We are getting a new house…new furniture…new everything!!! WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! We don’t need presents underneath our BEAUTIFUL, BEST-EVER, “TEAM BLUE” Christmas tree, 2016.
Now, I just wanted to pick up a few items, so I sped right over to Cobblestone for some quick shoppin’…in Cobblestone plaza. “QUICK,” I tell ya. I was being “QUICK”!!! I had people to see, places to go, and things to do. Just hurry, Hurry, HURRY-UP and go, Go, GO… While doin’ the HOLIDAY HUSTLE, 2016-style!!! 😉 Yep, “TEAM ALLEN” is “STILL” ( a previous blog post…or two)…SURVIVING HURRICANE MATTHEW, folks!!!
So, in my hustle-bustle rush to get in and get right back out of the shopping plaza…???…???…???… 🙁 “I”…???…???…???…was “SELFISH”!!! I found my“SELF” initiating a “GESTUREMENT” (a topic discussed in a previous blog post) RIGHT in the parking lot…with an ELDERLY couple!!! WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!! OH NO…please say it isn’t so!!! 🙁
We were driving opposite directions down the isle. “THEY” wanted to park here. “I” wanted to park over there. “I” blocked the spot “THEY” wanted. “THEY” blocked the spot “I” wanted. NOBODY MOVED, folks, for what seemed like HOURS!!! UNTIL…”I” “GESTURED,” by pointing over to the parking spot that “I” wanted. And… I sat there waiting for “THEM” to move so that I could park. Right Here. RIGHT NOW!!! OUCH!!! Folks, I had a stand-off in the parking lot with an elderly couple…FOR A STUPID PARKING SPACE!!! FORGIVE ME, FATHER!!! For I have sinned yet AGAIN!!! I should have just moved, folks. And maybe parked further away. BUT NO… “THEY” moved so that “I” could park. :/ :/ DOUBLE OUCH, OUCH!!!
OH, and it was NOT yet over, folks!!! I died in sheer embarrassment of my selfish behavior!!! SO…???…???…???…I jumped out of the van after parking and tried to “DIRECT” the backed-up traffic so that the elderly couple could get the spot they wanted!!! HUH??? :/ OH NO…please, Please…say it isn’t so!!! :/ :/ Sadly…I really did that, folks.
The first car was frustrated that I asked her to back up as there was yet another car behind “HER”. So, I then ran back to the NEXT car… just in time to catch her roll-her-eyes in complete disgust!!! Oh yeah, “SHE”???…???…???…was in a hurry too!!! So, “WHO,” pray-tell, was in a BIGGER “HURRY”???!!!???!!!???!!! And whose “HURRY” mattered MORE??? She (the SECOND driver I tried to “DIRECT”) was so irritated with me as I walked right up, making her roll down her window so that I could explain the situation and apologize. :/
Oh, and “THAT’S”… NOT ALL, folks!!! I then proceeded over to the elderly couple’s handicapped parking space JUST to apologize for my very selfish behavior. Yep I did, folks. “I”…???…???…???…was so, So, SO ashamed!!! “PLEASE FORGIVE ME.” The elderly couple was so gracious and kind. They accepted my apology and we exchanged “MERRY”-wishes prior to going our different “MERRY-“ ways!!! WHEW…”IT IS WELL”…for now!!!
Yep, I had a bad day, folks. And I am sure I’ll have many, Many, MANY more “BAD” days ahead. 🙁 -> 🙂 BUT… I also know that I’m forgiven. THANK-YOU, JESUS!!! And I will continue moving forward…seeking to better my“SELF” every single second of every minute. And every hour of EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! In HIS way, I pray. Not my own.
“HOPING” to put a little “MERRY” in my “HOLIDAY HUSTLE, 2016,” folks. ‘TIS THE SEASON… Right??? RIGHT!!!
GO TEAM!!! WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!
P.H.P., folks. People Helping People.
Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today…”EVERY” day!!!
ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!! AMEN.