My childhood Velcro wallet carried somewhere between five and ten dollars (birthday and excursion money) and some membership discount cards. Our “grown up” wallet contains a driver’s license, credit cards, and other forms of identification (Medicare, etc). Four weeks ago, we lost one of our primary wallets. In the age of identity theft, a missing wallet is a frustrating experience.
Have you experienced this kind of frustration? Remember to keep your perspective. In God’s providence, this is a minor problem. You can quickly change your attitude if you thank God for five things that He has provided for you.
Don’t dwell on the frustration. The Flagellants practiced self-mutilation in their misguided zeal to show repentance and humility. Dwelling on the frustration leads to selfishness and possible vindictiveness. Resolve the problem and move on.
Last week, we came home to find a brown paper bag in the mailbox with the intact wallet inside! There was no other notification in the bag so I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Good Samaritan who returned the wallet. God has a purpose and a plan for responding to minor frustrations. Regardless of the outcome – let’s put Christianity into practice!