Reading: Proverbs 27: 1
It was laying on the sidewalk. All alone. We were walking down the sidewalk, talking, laughing, and having a good time. It belonged to no one. It was unprotected. We had just eaten lunch. He thought it wouldn't happen. But it did. And I have a pair of jeans to prove it.
Did you ever buy one of those great ham sandwiches that Boy Scouts, bands, and other groups sell? Most times, there is a handy little packet of mustard included with each sale. These same packets are found in restaurants, home refrigerators, and dining halls. And, in this case, a sidewalk.
He never thought it would happen. So he tried it. Walking down that sidewalk, he stepped on one of those mustard packets. And, to his disbelief, the mustard pack tore open and squirted on a pair of jeans-- my jeans.
He was overwhelming surprised. Apologies came out of his mouth for hours after the messy moment. But all was okay. A little laundry detergent, some water, and a lot of stain stick can cure an emergency stain situation like this.
Who knows what tomorrow brings? Every new day is a gift from God. Many days we are given surprises-- some good, some bad. But in the end, everything almost always works out. And usually for the better.
There are only a few mustard stains on my jeans today. No harm was done and to this day we still laugh about our run-in with a lonely mustard pack on a sun-warmed sidewalks. "Pardon me, but is that Grey Poupon you are wearing?" Why yes, it is! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Discuss with others or reflect on the following quote. "I have learned that to have a good friend is the purest of all of God's gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment." --Farmer
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