Ten Minutes is Enough

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Ten Minutes is Enough – Mollie Bond

 Ungratefullness

Ungratefulness

And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the workExodus 36:6b-7

There are ten minutes I dread each Saturday. Pray for me.

The food bank where I volunteer is about someone’s need. The kids shyly build towers with colored blocks while their parents fill out paperwork. Are there toys at home to play with? The parents’ eyes are filled with pain. The pain is about all they bring with them. Some walk for miles for the general public’s leftovers. Then I walk out to meet a mother and son with a shopping cart of produce, frozen meat, and maybe some chocolate-chip cookies (they’re his favorite, I’m told). The smile I see represents freedom from worry.

Later, when I am at my job in a retail store, the ten minutes I dread, happen. I see this place is all about wants. Kids run around unnoticed. They yell across the store, “I want this!” Parents don’t even look up. “No, you just got a new toy!” The mother is busy telling me what a disgrace it is, not having the color she wants. Her eyes look around with empty pain, even though she’s carrying a purse I have to pay for as luggage at the airport. I meet them to check out. She has two carts with kitchen gizmos and enough clothes to supply the state of Ohio. There is no freedom.

When is it enough? Where is freedom?

When Moses started to build the temple, the people gave an abundance. Yet there was a point when Moses said, “You’ve given more than what God asked. Bless your generosity, but keep what you have.” When is enough, enough? There has to be a point in our consumer-saturated culture when we say, “I’ve got enough.” Just to be thankful for a shopping cart of food, and not the gizmos to go with it.

Think about the items you want. Can you do the work God has given you without them? This place is about God. Use the time, talents, and money God has given you to bless others. It will bring freedom.

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Turning Tables

The original post from June 27, 2012 has been taken down. Still, thank you to Christian Devotions for launching this dream of a blog.  Thank you to the editors, Cindy and Eddie!  Mollie

…On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them.

Esther 9:1b

Two dancers used a table as a prop. The music moved them to dance on either side of the table. Their hands connected with the table; they pushed. The scraping legs could be heard over the music. The table spun around while the dancers still faced each other. The table turned in the dramatic dance.

This was not the first time tables took center stage. The cliché that the “tables were turned” was effective speech even when the book of Esther was written. Tables needed turning because the Jews had an enemy. This enemy carried a death warrant reading, “destroy, kill, and annihilate all the Jews.” Instead, the Jews survived because God intervened. Using the phrase the “tables were turned” makes the Bible relatable. I know how tables can be turned.

Jesus turned tables. His opponent, Satan, had it in for us. Satan carried a death warrant reading, “steal and kill and destroy.” Instead, God intervened because of love. I remember this table turning as I take communion. Satan no longer can steal, kill, and destroy because Jesus took some of his final moments at a table.

Some scholars call table turning a reversal of destiny. Turning a table, like a pivot, moves a person to start heading in the opposite direction. A reversal of destiny occurs. It is when the dancer takes a step and finds himself facing something better. A turned table can change a perspective and give life.

Let a table you see today remind you of Jesus turning your table. And keep your hearts open to turning.

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