She put the empty bread bags in a drawer in the kitchen.
It rarely snowed in Arkansas, so when it did, we took full advantage of the rare treat to play in the snow with all the gusto we could muster!
So, out came the bread bags! Mom slipped them over our flimsy gloves on our hands and secured them on our arms with rubber bands she had saved from the newspapers that landed in the driveway.
We did not have waterproof gloves back then and the melting snow quickly soaked in causing fingers to get cold and numb. So we gladly wore the bread bags so the snowball fights could last a little longer.
Most people today don’t think about saving bread bags and rubber bands. We live with a disposable mindset. If it breaks, throw it away, it’s cheaper and easier to just get a new one!
So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
Hebrews 10:35-36 NLT
The writer to the followers of Jesus in the book of Hebrews had endured great suffering, lose, and persecution for their faith in Jesus. With great courage they believed in eternal life and did not deny their salvation.
The Bible reminds us not to throw away that confident trust in the Lord.
In a disposable-everything world, we are tempted to throw away our faith at the first sign of trouble or difficulty. When persecution comes, many will deny the faith and turn away.
Is your faith “disposable?” A great reward awaits those who with “patient endurance” continue “to do God’s will.”
Our Father, the short life of trouble in this world is nothing compared to the eternity of glory we will spend with You. Remind us constantly that whatever it costs to follow Christ, it will be more than worth it!