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But that’s the way I like it

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In the late 1930’s, on the arid plains of eastern Colorado, lived a family of seven children, ranging in age from six to 21. Their parents had died, leaving them on a rented farm with no savings or other means of support.

The family decided that they were not going to be separated, doing whatever it took to stay together and survive.

The oldest boys took jobs in town, while the farm chores and housework were divided among the others.

Cooking seemed to be the hardest job. The meals were just not as good as Mom’s. The solution to the complaining was to make a rotating schedule, with everyone helping cook. The rule was if you complained, you had to do the cooking for a week.

If the soup was salty, they would say, “This soup is sure salty, but that’s the way I like it.”

If the beans were dry, “These beans are dry, but that’s the way I like them.”

Or if the bacon was burnt, “This bacon is burnt, but that’s the way that I like it.”

Life happens, and it is not always to our taste. It may be bitter or salty or dry.

If we, like this family, can say, “This is tough, but that’s the way I like it,” we are expressing a surrender to God and His will for our lives.

This is not putting a positive spin on a negative happening.

It is crying with David in Psalm 119: 68 “Thou are good, and doest good.”

Or in Hebrews 10:31. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.”

We are surrendering ourselves, knowing that God is in control, and that He will be with us through difficulties. Hebrews 13:5, “for he has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.”

The next time life gets tough, salty, bitter or dry, tell the Lord, “Father this is bitter, this is tough, this is hard, but that’s the way I like it. I know you have promised to be with me through this.”

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