El Perdon

There is a song called “forgiveness” but it is in Spanish, called “el perdon”. In the song, in order to obtain “El perdon” the person has to endure that which is “no me gusta”, or that which “ I do not like”.

There are many things in life which seem to fit this category. We are free to just stay in bed and sleep, but when we get up and exercise, we will benefit. Having to get up early, in order to exercise is “no me gusta”, but if we are disciplined, we can do it anyway, and we can experience rewards.

What about working? We are free to sit at home and do nothing. Getting the house cleaned, fixing meals for a family, or going to work is “no me gusta” but when we do these things, and are of service to others, we will benefit and so will the people around us.

Perhaps a person is a talented artist, or musician, or vocalist, and this talent requires diligent practice in order to perfect. Repetitive practice might be “no me gusta” but these people will never reach the pinnacle of success without that dedication.

Marriage to some, can become difficult over the years, and that pledge of loyalty can be tested. Sometimes marriage is “no me gusta”, but when a person has integrity and devotion, and honors marriage in spite of challenges, they can improve their own life, and the quiality of the lives of families around them.

Prayer helps us do these things that are “no me gusta”. I believe that when Jesus knew people wanted to kill him it was “no me gusta”, but he was never cruel, mean or vindictive. Like this song, instead he gave “forgiveness”.

So much bad in our society is healed when we carry an attitude of “el perdon”. I start my day off with the bible, randomly choosing a bible verse. The bible verse for today is this…

She has slaughtered her meat, She has mixed her wine, She has also furnished her table.

As I sit at meals with my mom and my sisters, I recognize that “she is indeed wealthy and prepared for visitors. The process of butchering and preparing animals was not something done without planning. Likewise, the imagery of mixing wine and setting a table imply hospitality. Wisdom intends to invite others and treat those guests well (Proverbs 9:3–5).

God has set a plentiful table for all who will accept His invitation to dine…we are grateful to accept.

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Melissa Ann Howell Schier

Melissa Ann Howell Schier

HoustonWorkout on YouTube, mom of five, journalist and artist and conservative who values life.