Finding the secret to giving a young boy the nastiest tasting medicine became the challenge of my life over-night when he was diagnosed with leukemia. We tried everything. Applesauce, ice cream, juice, Popsicles, regular food he liked (burritos were a favorite) yogurt and just plain water. Nothing made that bitter, metallic taste palatable. Applesauce worked pretty well for one medication, but made another worse. It was a mystery and fighting a fussy four-year-old over medicine designed to save his life wasn’t really an option. I had to win this battle!
And then one day, magic happened. We tried pudding. Vanilla didn’t work and butterscotch didn’t work, but with chocolate we struck gold. With chocolate pudding my boy could choke down his medicine with only a slight shudder shaking his body. A good pudding chaser and he was happy. We had discovered the magic potion for medications. The power of pudding!
If you’re a caregiver, you know what I’m talking about. You look for that magic thing to coax someone to take another bite, or swallow their meds or relax those muscles enough for therapy. If you’re a mother you look for the right currency to generate cooperation in your kiddos. If you’re a teacher you look for the motivation to inspire something beyond the fill-in-the-blank mentality. If you’re a coach…well, you get the picture.
In our every day lives it is more and more apparent that we’re going to need some pudding for life! Sounds crazy, but think about it.
Politics. I’m not going to get into any political debates, don’t worry, but seriously, do we think we’ve put our best foot forward with our election options? How about country relations? Global environment?
Crime. Lord, will the shootings ever stop?
Abuse. Neglect. Starvation.
Ugliness is pretty much everywhere. It’s hard to take what’s happening in our lives sometimes. It’s hard for Christians to argue that God is in control when things are so ugly. Except we know He is. We know He holds our future, but the “now” can be pretty hard to swallow.We know He holds our future, but the “now” can be pretty hard to swallow. #inspirememonday #caregivermedicine Click To Tweet
So today I have some pudding for you. Something to help us get through the bitterness of what this world has to offer. Something to make the “now” palatable, although still not great. Something to stop the shudders of nightmares and the tears of grief.
Here’s some medicine to get us through today, and this medicine has far more power than pudding. Please add your preferred pudding/medicine in the comments below!
[callout]Inspire Me Monday Instructions
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1. Link up your most inspirational post from the previous week.
2. Vist TWO other contributors (especially the person who linked up right before you) and leave an encouraging comment.
3. Spread the cheer THREE ways! Tweet something from a post you read, share a post on your Facebook page, stumble upon it, pin it or whatever social media outlet you prefer–just do it! [/callout]
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