How to Handle the Distasteful Parts of Life

“Sometimes you get pizza; sometimes you have to eat green beans.” I can’t remember what we were talking about, but that was Braxton’s response. If you like pizza (which we do) and aren’t particularly fond of green beans (which we aren’t), then it’s a pretty apt description of life.

Every day is filled with moments, and some of those moments are delicious. They are fun. They are beautiful. They are happy. And then, some of those moments, just aren’t. We don’t always get to choose what’s on our plate. But we have to eat it anyway.

So, how do we do that? How do we do the unpleasant job that needs to be done? How do we finish the task when someone else dropped the ball? How do we handle the yucky parts of life, the parts that are distasteful to us (even if they may not be to others)?

Philippians 2:14 says, “Do everything without complaining and arguing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “ Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 3:23 says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

Don’t complain and argue. Be thankful. Work as if you were working for the Lord.

Some pretty solid advice. It’s not always easy, but it’s what God commands. There will always be things that are difficult, that are undesirable, that we simply just don’t like. But, when we feel like we’ve been served more green beans than pizza, this is the recipe we need to try. Why? Because God promises our work for the Lord will be rewarded (Colossisans 3:24). And I’m counting on some really good pizza in Heaven. What about you?