God Gives Us Opportunities
January 9, 2022
Reflections From the Heart of Allan Redenius
When I was about twelve, I decided to mow lawns to make some spending money. At fifty cents a lawn, did you know you need to mow a LOT of lawns to make any serious money? By the time I began to work full time at the grocery store, I was mowing thirty-two lawns every week. Mind you, there were no riding lawn mowers back then. About half the lawns in Titonka were under my care! 😊
Before I was fourteen, I began working at the local grocery store. One day, my boss, the store owner, asked of me, “How old are you?” I said, “Thirteen.” With surprise in his voice, he said, “Don’t tell anyone you’re only thirteen. You need to be at least fourteen to work in a store.” Sorry boss, I just spilled the beans.
Every morning before school, I was there at 6:30 AM until 8:15 AM and then I ran three blocks to school. After school, I ran back to work at the store until closing time at 6:30 PM. In the summer, it was a twelve-hour, everyday job, except for Sunday. Stores were not open on Sundays. That’s the way it should be today!
I enjoyed my job at the grocery store. I did everything but mind the cash register. The only time I cared about it was Saturday night when we lined up at the cash drawer to be paid. I learned about stocking shelves, being a butcher, and interacting with people.
God gives us all kinds of opportunities in which to learn. I’m still using my ability to interact with people. I have it down to three first time questions:
Doing all I can to bring about God’s Kingdom here on earth. How about you? (That’s a sneaky way to interact with you.) 😊
Give God the Glory,
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