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What Do We Do With Burdens? (6 of 10)
Series: How to Get Along With the Family!
Steve N. Wagers
1. Some of you may be familiar with the children's book entitled, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day!" It is a book about a little boy named Alexander who has "one of those days." It is a day when nothing goes right, and everything goes wrong. He has back to back disappointments. It is just one continous downer. Take for example, when he wakes up in the morning. He says:
"I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair, and when I got out of bed this morning, I tripped on the skateboard, and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running; and, I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day."
2. After a terrible day at school, a horrible visit to the DENTIST and a no-good stop at the shoe store, Alexander slumps in his chair at the supper, and his troubles continue:
"There WERE lima beans for dinner and I hate lima beans. There was kissing on TV, and I hate kissing. My bath was too hot, and I got soap in my eyes, my marble went down the drain, and I had to wear my railroad pajamas. I hate my railroad pajamas. When I went to bed Nick took back the pillow he said I could keep, the Mickey Mouse night-light burned out, and I bit my tongue. The cat wants to sleep with Anthony, not with me. It has been a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day!"
3. The truth of the matter is that EVERY ONE of us, as Christians, HAS had those "terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad days." There are days when it seemed things would have been better had we simply stayed in the bed. There are times when our backs are against the wall, and we don't' know what to do. I think of what Billy Bray once said:
"I've had my trouble and trials. The Lord has given me both vinegar and honey; but, He has given me vinegar with a teaspoon, and honey with a ladel ...
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