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Potato or egg?

I was pleasantly surprised by this potato plant.

I haven’t been in the garden for over a week, but my hubby and son have been faithful in watering.

So, when I went out this morning I was greeted by this plant.

Coupled with an amazing sermon yesterday, I’ve been thinking about something I heard years ago.

When our kids were all “littles” I listened to a lot of Christian radio.

It encouraged my heart while keeping me from being tied down to one area of the house.

Our house was small and I could hear the radio from most rooms.

I don’t know who said it and I can’t remember her exact words.

It was something like:

“Life is like a pot of boiling water. You have a choice, you can be an egg and let life harden you or you can be a potato and let it soften you.”

Yesterday’s sermon and today’s plant have reminded me it’s a choice.

No matter what life brings.

I can praise God through it, see His work in it, and be softened by it.


I can choose to blame God, focus on my disappointments, and feel cheated, rejected, bitter.

Because even when things are good and life’s blessings are overflowing around us, we can choose to be hardened, to view everything as a disappointment or failure.

When life is good or difficult, one can choose to focus on the bad.

With these truths, I’m thankful God spoke to me so many years ago.

Through another’s word picture I took away a lesson which has been a reminder to choose wisely.

Today, I’m asking the Lord to help me be a potato.

Because someday, I’ll answer to God for how I chose to live.

2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV — For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Lord, thank You for the potato plant and it’s reminder. Lord, please help me to allow all circumstances, good and difficult to help me soften towards You and Your Word. Lord, please continue to teach me how to be used by You in the every day, surrendering my desires and expectations before You. Great is Your faithfulness and greatly are You to be praised! For there never was, nor ever will be, anyone like You! Your love, Your faithfulness, Your mercy, Your grace, Your truth are beyond human understanding and our best efforts will never even reach You, but You reached out to us! Thank You! I love You, Jesus. Amen.