Whew, now that I've done that, here's the story.
My husband and I have a modest family of five. Us and three beautiful daughters. We are currently living on a budget, on his income, so that I can devote all my time and attention to raising our girls. I don't always have the right attitude about my blessing, but that's for another post (and I seem to touch on it almost every time on here).
Because we are on a budget, there are times where we pay more for the brand name and times when we are content with the store brand. Recently, we ran out of q-tips.
I'm sure that using my towel to dry my ear canal after my shower would be safer and sufficient for my needs, but I enjoy taking that tiny wisp of wound cotton on a stick and gently twisting it in my ear to remove all the excess moisture.
Though they looked similar, double-ended white stick wrapped with white cotton at both sides, the cost savings came at the amount of wrapped cotton. We may have saved money, but we gave up satisfaction and settled for something less.
It occurred to me that we do this with God, too. We are about to receive something or feel a leading, a pulling, a tugging to action, but we fear the cost. We settle for something safer, when what we could have had was amazing! Sometimes fear of rejection prevents us from reaching out to somebody that could have poured great life and friendship into our lonely lives.
We go on the kiddie ride when the view atop the great Ferris Wheel would have been far more rewarding (and not as dangerous as we feared). Our experiences shape us into the Christians God wants us to be. How much can we accomplish if we simply yield to His direction and His shaping?