"You cannot be a good leader if you are uncomfortable with the
discomfort of others." ... copied
So I've been writing in this blog for nearly 8 years and I've noticed a weird pattern. Each year, or so, someone new will come along and tell me I'm great. That they're so excited to find my wonderful blog and this is what they've been looking for and aren't I just the best thing since peanut butter?
Well, ok ... they don't mention the peanut butter thing, but to listen to them the first few weeks that they're here, you'd think that's what they meant. :)
Those people makes me nervous. Cautious. Wary.
Why? Because I now know from experience that--most likely--they will eventually get mad at something I write. Or something I don't write. Or the way I wrote it or didn't write it. Or the way they thought I was negatively writing about them. Or they'll believe my blog just isn't be 'enough' for them anymore. That I'm not enough anymore. Or --
Well, you get the picture.
So then they'll leave for a year, or longer, and sometimes they leave forever. But other times? Other times some of those people have eventually written me an email which always sounds familiar, an email which makes me giggle with delight.
And the words always resemble these:
"Dear Debra... I used to read your blog all the time, but then you wrote some things which made me, well, hate you. So I stopped reading your blog, even though in my heart, I knew you were right. I just didn't want to hear those things then. I wasn't ready to hear them. But I am now. So I'm back. And well, thank-you for telling the truth."
Maybe it's the quirky part of me, but I love those kinds of emails. Even the part where they say they hated me. Those emails always remind me to just keep doing what God's called me to do, even if it offends some of my favorite people. Even if my blog meter seems to take big dips, snickering, "People are running from this place, Sucker."). (That meter goes up and down so often, that I barely check it anymore.)
And those emails remind me that I'm not here to please all the 'Peanut Butter People' all the time, but rather, I'm to obey God by trying to record what He's teaching me. To let His vote be the deciding one. To be faithful and responsible with the gifts He's given me, the ones I'll give an account for some day before Him. (Did I use those gifts? Did I seek ways to use them better? Did I waste them?). To believe God will bring the right people here who need what He wants to share through me.
And to be simply happy just doing what He asks me to do.
And since I'm here to spread encouragement and hope, here's one form of that: more of my latest, greatest coupon deals! :)
The frozen meatballs were just .49 cents each.
The frozen sausages (which I buy very occasionally, not being a nitrate fan) were just .50 cents each.
The spreadable butter was .50 cents.
The 3 lb's of butter were $1.49 each (regularly a ridiculous $4.29 each).
The All detergent was .49 cents.
The shampoo was free.
The bathroom tissue was free.
The ketchup was .30 cents (I bought two).
The mustard was .40 cents.
Plus, with this trip I earned an extra 20 cents off of each gallon of gas so-- when Tom fills up the tank today--he'll save 60 cents off of each gallon.
The .49 cent detergent was thanks to a $1-off manufacturer coupon combined with a store coupon (or catalina as they're called), you know, the ones which the register spits out when you're buying groceries and which you use later. Those store coupons can be combined with manufacturer coupons, in case you didn't realize that. At least, at the vast majority of stores.
And two other store (catalina) coupons totally covered the cost of the shampoo and the bathroom tissue. In fact, I may have even earned 50 cents by buying the shampoo.
So there you go. More hope for you that groceries do not have to take away a huge portion of your paycheck, nor do you have to do without just because prices are skyrocketing.
"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" ... Galations 4:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven. ... Matthew 5:16
"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 4:10-11