"MAKE THE BEST OF IT"
MAKE THE BEST OF IT Lifes' lessons are often learned in challenging situations. I recall the year I was leaving home to go to Teacher's College. I wanted new clothes. After all, I was going to Toronto! My earned money was just not stretching far enough. When I presented my request to my mother, she told me to go to the closet and get the green garbage bag. I knew from experience what was inside the garbage bag.... used clothes that someone else didn't want. I was not impressed , but obeyed. As she began to pull out each item, I inwardly groaned. UGLY, OLD TIRED rags were what I saw! She carefully held up a very large, faded wool coat, saying, "I'll bet this was a really good coat in its day." My mind thought: "WAS is the key word here, for it sure is not good now!" She quietly laid the coat on the bed and began lifting up the lining and then the interfacing. Hiding on the inside was beautiful grey-pink wool, looking quite new indeed. "What is her point?" I thought. She said, "If you just take these panels apart (it was a good thing it was a large coat) and lay your pattern on like this, I am sure that you could make yourself a beautiful suit." I was quite annoyed by now for I knew our sewing machine was long gone. "And how do you think I could sew a heavy wool suit without a sewing machine?" I dared ask. Very quietly and firmly she replied, "With a needle and thread." Not the answer I wanted or anticipated. I thought perhaps mother was having a very unstable moment! Reluctantly at first and then with growing excitement, I began the task she had suggested. When completed, I had a beautiful fully lined and interfaced suit, my favourite to wear for the entire year. As I recall that incident I know that with each stitch I made (Including many finger pricks) I was learning the value of using the resources at hand and making the best of 'tough times.' How often I think I cannot do something because of a lack of resources. I needed to learn to be resourceful. Dare to use what is in your hand, what is already at your fingertips. Perhaps you can write. Why not write an interesting story and submit it to a Christian magazine? Perhaps you like to read. Why not read to an elderly person in a nursing home? Are you a musician? Gather some friends and have a 'sing song'. "Make the best "of what you have and watch God open new doors of opportunity.