By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

We just got done eating dinner.

I'm rinsing the dishes while feeding the dishwasher and feeling the penetrating gaze of my elderly friend upon me.
Daily habits, patterns, and routines have fostered a relationship composed of easy and well read predictabilities and, sure as the sun rises, a little rebuff is coming my way.
Midway through scrubbing a "buggerish" frying pan, a gentle mild reprimand escapes through the form of a question involving a deceased third party:
"How would you answer my husband," she wonders aloud, "if he told you that you might be using too much water and money was going down the drain?"
I shut the water off, look into the eyes of my beloved friend, and with a twinkle in my own I assert,
Hmmm .... I think I might say, 
"Fortunately, I know you're the kind of man who will conserve in the shower tonight and make up for my careless deficit."
The response to my lighthearted "comeback" is rehearsed throughout the day and a simple pleasure is afforded in the retelling.
"My husband would've liked you very much," she says at day's end.
And I've just received a compliment bigger than the little "understood" reprimand and I cannot do anything but smile, be amused ...
And love her deeper yet.
Don't waste precious time, my friend, in rehearsing what has already gone down the drain:
-Christ's blood is greater than your deficit.
-Christ's sufficiency is greater than your deficiency,
-God's grace is given
And unreservedly.
Review it, replay it, rehearse it, and believe it;
It is "your" reality once you have surrendered to Christ.
  He remains approachable, accessible, and available in any given moment on every given day whatever your need.
In the lesser matters and in the weighty matters ...
God's word is all that matters.
Get Him into you,
And you will love Him deeper yet.
"And He said unto me, 
"My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9