My chemistry set

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My Mom and Dad were masters at leveraging circumstances as a teachable moments. When things went south, and they did from time to time, they would ask a simple question. “What did you learn from this?”

I set up a chemistry set in our laundry room. Now these were the days when a chemistry set was a chemistry set. In other words, you could get chemicals and components that that are certainly not OSHA approved…especially for a kid like me. My parents didn’t know of all the exotic experiments I was doing in the laundry room. But when they found out that I had a bottle of alcohol…that’s flammable alcohol…sitting next to our hot water heater…that’s a gas water heater, they put an end to my “mad scientist” room. They relocated my “laboratory” to a safer place.

They asked, “Well, what did you learn?” My answer: “My health and safety is a priority to my parents.”

Can I be so bold and ask you today, “What have you learned from three months of social distancing and quarantines?” I’ll share a couple of mine and you think about a couple of yours.

  1. Your health and safety is important.
  2. Fellowship with others…even at a distance or a zoom is important.
  3. Trust in God in all circumstances.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart  and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
 and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5=6

So, fill in the blank, “I’m learning ____________________________________.”

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