I could’ve had sweet tea!

Our quartet (minus Clay who was out of town) had the privilege of singing at Mr. Don Dyer’s funeral today. What a sweet service, and a sweet spirit throughout! Our pastor Danny read one of Mr. Don’s journal entries, and the story went like this. Mr. Don and his family were eating at The Clock Restaurant in Boiling Springs. When he check out counter to pay his bill, he was told someone had paid it already, that his meal was free! Mr. Don said, “I wish I’d known that. I could’ve had sweet tea instead of water!” And he went on to write about the free gifts from God through Jesus Christ. He said there is so much available to us for free, we just don’t know about it because we don’t spend time in His Word. We don’t know the half of the riches that are ours for the taking. What a challenge!

I don’t want to miss out on anything free. I get into BOGOs (Buy One Get One). FREE is always appealing, catches my eye every time. And I imagine you’re the same way. Well, salvation is free – that’s the first and best gift! All we have to do is accept it. And then once we’ve accepted that free gift, there are more free blessings than we’ll ever be able to take advantage of. There’s a bottomless well of God’s grace, all we have to do is dip into it. There are mercies that are new every morning, all we have to do is accept them. There is peace that transcends our understanding for every trial and every heartache, all we have to do is accept it. There is an abundant supply of living water for our thirsty souls, all we have to do is drink from it. The list goes on and on.

I pray I don’t get to the check out counter of life and find I’ve missed out on a bucket load of blessings – all free for the taking. I hope I don’t find myself saying, “I could’ve had sweet tea!”

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of theLord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21-23).

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17).

Hope

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