On Saturday our garbage disposal broke. I was standing in the kitchen when suddenly a waterfall of dirty water began to pour out of the cabinet under our sink. I yelled for towels and blocked off the sink so that no more mishaps would happen. I had to bake a cake on Saturday and I doing that without a sink did not seem like fun. I was so frustrated!
Thankfully, I was still able to bake my cake and got the mess cleaned up. We will have to replace our disposal in the next couple of days, but for now, we just have to make due. And while a broken garbage disposal is a small thing in comparison to many people’s problems, it put me in quite a bad mood.
Then I began thinking about how the Bible teaches us to deal with frustrating things. I was recently writing a children’s lesson on Stephen’s appeal to the Sanhedrin and stoning in Acts 7. Stephen sure didn’t complain whenever he was placed in a difficult situation, instead, he gladly continued sharing the gospel.
I am also reminded of Simon Peter fishing in Luke 5. All he is trying to do is catch a few fish whenever Jesus shows up and calls him to leave everything and be a disciple. He did just as he was told! He didn’t get frustrated over small things, he just trusted God.
And of course, we know the story of Jesus, who died on the cross for you and me and never once complained. If my goal in life is to be like Christ, then I have a lot of work to do!
Living in America and having so much is a blessing, but I’m afraid that if we aren’t careful, our affluence can distract us from what really matters in life. It’s really frustrating to not have access to my kitchen sink for a few days, but at least we still have water. In fact, we have multiple ways to get water. From any of the 3 sinks in our home or we can easily go buy water. Many people don’t have water available like we do, and probably can’t even imagine a disposal. So why do I let something so small upset me?
If we want to really make a difference in the world, then we need to stop focusing on what’s happening right here in front of us and focus on the things that matter to Jesus.
My broken garbage disposal, while inconvenient for a few days, doesn’t really matter. I still have everything that I need to live a full and happy life. So instead of focusing on it, I think I’ll let it serve as a reminder to focus on things that matter. It’s time to step away from the garbage disposal and find ways to show Christ to those around me.
Do you ever find yourself focusing on things that don’t really matter? What helps you stay focused on Christ whenever things get tough?