Simple things make me happy, one of those simple things happened tonight.
In my growing up years our family was really pretty poor most of the time. A preacher’s pay is not great, or wasn’t before the day of mega churches where pastors are driven in limousines, and there were times that he would give his entire pay check back to the church to pay the bills, however we never had a “poor” mentality.
I realized that being financially challenged and being poor are two different things. God always provided for us, when there was no money there would be someone that brought us something good to eat. There was an event called a “pounding” and I cannot tell you for the life of me why it was called that, but in case you don’t know what that is, it is when people get together and give food the way people bring gifts to a birthday party or a baby or wedding shower. It was very exciting for us kids!
Mother kept our clothes clean and pressed, she even ironed our shoelaces, and the shoes had always a shine on them. One particularly sad moment for her was when she found that my brother had cut out cardboard and put it in his shoes because there were holes in the soles. When we moved to Atlanta we received some good government surplus peanut butter and cheese that came in brown paper boxes, but poor? We never felt poor not at all; it never dawned on us to feel poor.
Matthew 5:3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule.” Being at the end of your rope you realize that there is nothing that you can do in your own power to change your circumstances, the answer lies in God alone. I know there is nothing I can do to make my life better, happier, richer, but God Who knows all has the answer, not just the answer but also the solution for my problems, and yours!
So now you can see why simple things make me happy and tonight that simple thing was an empty soup pot! The soup I made to go with the burgers and dogs was eaten until the big soup pot was totally empty. I picked it up, turned it upside down and told my son, “Look and see what makes your mama happy, my family loved my soup, it’s an empty soup pot!”