opportunities

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 After a beautiful day at the beach, we came home wanting to fall on the couch and watch a movie. When this happens in our house, it takes at least thirty minutes to find one we all agree on. Tonight, we were really all over the map. I wanted Sound of Music. That didn’t go over very well. So then my husband actually started playing Baby Geniuses…2. Yes, you read that right. When it first began, my daughter asked which of the babies was Baby Jesus. I think she thought that was the name of the movie. Baby Geniuses 2, much to our surprise, was not that interesting so we turned it off and put on Evan Almighty.

It was sweet and I especially liked the scene when God, played by Morgan Freeman, talks to Evan. He says: Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?

Tomorrow, when my daughter starts to whine and I start to lose my marbles, I am going to try and remember this. Maybe those moments, as trying as they can be, are just opportunities in disguise. Opportunities for us to love each other.

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