Lessons from a Shopping Cart

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You’ll be excited to read today’s post by my husband, Mark. As I struggled through James 4:1-3, he offered, “Want me to write that one for you?


Mark always finds a way to put action plans into what he reads and teaches. So, guess what? We have homework at the end of today’s blog.  Get your pen and pad ready (or better yet, just make your comment below).



Complete the following:  “If I were in charge here I would …….”.  


If you are anything like me you sometimes think your desire is better than the current reality.  Could things be better?  Sure.  And who doesn’t like better?


Yesterday I was standing in line at the supermarket and was blindsided by a toddler running to his mother.  His anger was evident because his sister had grabbed the last “mini-cart”, that kid sized version of the grocery cart.  With tears and emotion he wailed, “I wanted to push the cart and put stuff in it.” 


Has desire for your way, ever caused conflict for you?  You know it has.  If you have a sibling, you know about sibling rivalry.  Undoubtedly, you have found something to be just beyond your reach, and learned about selfish desire and disappointment. 


What is your source of quarrels?  Is it not your personal preference left unchecked?


Personal preference can lead to the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes.  In our digitized instant access world, we are accustomed to getting what we want when we want it.  And when we don’t get it, we get angry. 


Road rage, anyone? 

How about a slice of sharp tongue?

Or the subtle southern stare-down? 


Pain and hurt are not only caused by murder.  Actions and words can leave wounds and scars that last a life-time.  Often because we are ungrateful with what we do have and lustful of what we don’t have.


While still standing in line, a father helped his young daughter return a mini-cart, and two mothers assisted children with two more.  Three little carts just waiting to be used. 


I wonder what would have happened if the out-of-control toddler had of patiently asked his mother to help him find a mini-cart so he could help her carry her selections to the cashier.  Those of you with small children think I am nuts, cause that just wouldn’t happen.  And you’re right.  (My mother’s children did not behave that way.)


But how often have you stopped to ask your Father to help you find something for your use and His glory?  Or are you prone to see others with what you want and fuss because of your lack?


Make a short list of five specific things you are grateful for.


Now make a list of five specific things you would like to request of God.  Ask Him for His perspective on your requests.  He will either grant you the desires of your heart or change them.