Joe Lusk

Joe Lusk

Some days are tough

In a Pickles comic strip, Earl mentions to his wife that he has had a bad day and inquires about her day. Opal responds that, as she clipped her toenails earlier, a clipping flew up her nose. When she further stated that she had not gotten it out yet, Earl replied, “You win.” Although some days are tough and present difficult challenges, we can strive to use bad days to help us appreciate the good ones. Tomorrow offers new opportunities to experience joy. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him” (Romans 15:13a).

Bending, not breaking

Over the years we have knocked off a couple of side mirrors on our cars when backing out of the garage. Mirrors that fold down have a better life expectancy at our home, and our car mirrors now actually fold both ways to prevent damage. This makes our lives a little easier. I marvel at the adaptability of trees on windy days when limbs withstand great force by bending and not breaking. Flexibility is lifegiving for mirrors, trees, and human beings, and our capacity to listen and change makes us stronger. “Let the wise listen and add to their learning” (Proverbs 1:5a).