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The 'Big Bears' In Our Lives (part 2)

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
1 Timothy 6:6-10

This little "bear tale" shows God's sense of humor. :>) It also shows us that it is wrong to "hoard" riches (butter).

I was working at a camp out in the woods. Our year-round staff and I decided to SAVE one hundred pounds of butter from summer camp and use it to make Christmas goodies for all the families and neighbors. We carefully pooled our money and bought 100 pounds of margarine to take its place and safely placed the butter in a secure freezer out on the deck behind the kitchen. We would have one wonderful day in our beautiful big kitchen just making all our favorite Christmas treats.

Well, this is where the BEAR comes into the picture. It was a cold, snowy December morning and we were all ready to have our baking party. Would you believe he arrived the night before? Broke open the locked freezer and ATE all our butter. There were greasy paw prints all over the wooden deck. We never saw that bear the rest of the winter. He was living off our butter. :>)

We ended up having to go out and buy butter and still had our baking party, laughing all the while about our "hoarded" butter loss.

Dear friends, be content to take your walk with Jesus one day at a time and trust Him for the tomorrows. Then Jesus won't have to send a big old black bear to eat up your "butter".

Love to all of you in Our Savior's Name,
Written in Love by Chef Diane Boone
Retired Camp/Conference Center/Institutional Cook


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