My grandmother made dish soap out of the little piece of bath soap that was too small to hold on to when bathing. She put that little piece in a jar of water and sat it on the sink and gave it time to melt, then washed her dishes with it. She also saved every piece of string she came across and made a fascinating, multicolored ball out of it. Every piece of aluminum foil and every scrap of cloth were also carefully placed away for safekeeping. My grandmother had developed a certain poverty mentality because she had experienced the Great Depression of 1929. She had to deal with shortages and doing without numerous items and conveniences that people are accustomed to having that make everyday living bearable. A time period of her life brought certain circumstances that left her thinking and making decisions from an acquired mindset. Forty years later she was still making decisions as though the same set of circumstances existed. If we allow circumstances, past or present, to force us into a mindset that keeps us living bowed under its oppression, we will pass on a less-than-adequate legacy and a message to coming generations that we expect no more for them.
(This is the first excerpt from Marty’s article “Kingdom Mentality“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
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