Here are a baker’s dozen of those lessons. I need them this week. Before reading, click on this link:
1. Winning the race is sometimes costly. (Think in terms of the rat race, too.)
2. Think ahead: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
3. Psalm 37:25a
4. Don’t make idols of your grandchildren. You don’t have to adhere to their every plea.
5. Throwing caution to the wind can really get you BEHIND.
6. When you make bad choices, try to grab hold of something on your way down.
7. Once you get into the blackness, you can change your perspective quickly. But sometimes, it’s too late.
8. Sometimes “fun” is really self-inflicted pain, in the END.
9. It’s not really lonely at the bottom. There are always plenty of people with cell phones and they are always at the ready. (It is presently hurtful ON the bottom, however.)
10. Your husband will watch the video of your gaffe repeatedly. (He will think yours are even funnier than Biden’s!)
11. When possible, laugh even when you feel like crying. It’s almost always a choice.
12. Don’t judge when people are squirming in their seats during the sermon next Sunday about seeking first the kingdom. There could be a legit reason at the BOTTOM of that wiggle.
13. There will always be people (Like Ezra, here) who are not great at giving you time to process the pain. ( Let’s hurry and move on to the next thing, Mammy!)