Health & Medical Self-Improvement

Afflicted By Dishwashing - What It Really Means To Struggle

It was a normal after-dinner evening at home with the family.
We were getting things cleaned up and prepared to play our favorite game, "Catch Phrase".
I was sitting in the living room when I looked into the kitchen and saw my fourteen year old daughter Jasmine, sulking over the sink.
She was washing dishes, but really seemed to be having some difficulty.
"Jasmine, are you okay?" I asked.
"I'm tired of washing dishes all the time, Dad.
" "Jasmine, you wash dishes maybe...
five days a month.
What's the big deal?" "It's just hard Daddy.
There are so many dishes, and it takes so long!" "It's not that bad Jasmine.
I'm sure you'll live.
" Then with the sweetest little voice she could muster, she said...
"It is that bad.
You don't wash dishes Daddy.
You don't know what we go through.
" You might be thinking that I got angry at that little snide remark, and sentenced Jasmine, and her "sweet little voice" to washing dishes everyday for the next year...
right? Wrong.
What kind of a vengeful, dictator of a father do you think I am? The sentence was for the next five years.
Actually, what I did do was simply give her a recap of my own experience with the "affliction" of dish-washing.
After that, we agreed that I do know a little something about bussing suds, among others.
In fact, after hearing my story of some of the things that I was allowed to "go through" as a child, Jasmine had a better perspective on what it means to have a hard life.
When was the last time that you've been overwhelmed by your circumstances to the point where you felt like no one else knows the trouble you've seen? Do you ever feel that way about your Christian walk? How do you gain a good perspective on what the truth is, and then use that truth to move forward in your life? I'd like to remind you of two things concerning our faith that might help you get things on track.
In the book of Hebrews 4:15, it says "This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet He did not sin.
NLT That means exactly what it says.
He has gone through everything that we have.
Jesus knows what it feels like to be human.
He has experienced every emotion, every trial, every affliction that we have.
So when you think that no one else can identify with your afflictions, just remember this verse, and come on back to reality.
But also remember the benefit of knowing this truth.
Not only do we have a Lord who has been there, done that; but because He passed each test with flying colors and did not sin, He is willing to help us overcome our struggles.
The next verse says, 16 "So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.
There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.
NLT We can go to Him and find all the help we need, when we need it.
He won't give us what we deserve for falling short of the mark...
that's Mercy; and He will give us something that we don't deserve so that we can hit the mark...
that's Grace.
I wasn't about to help Jasmine with the dishes, but then I'm not Jesus am I? I hope I helped her understand that things aren't as bad as they seem most of the time.
If nothing else, she knows more about me and about what I've been through.
And I think she has a different perspective on what it really means to go through something.
What about you my friend? What's your next move? You can stand over the sink, and sulk over your problems as if you are the only one to ever face a sink full of dishes; or you can go to the one who knows how to get things done.
He is willing, able and ready to help you.
All you have to do is ask.

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