It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. (1 Peter 1:3-4)

Relate: “That’s why we don’t have nice things.”

A picture had come crashing down to the floor. The glass had shattered and the frame itself was bent beyond repair. I had not yet come back into the living room when my mom had come storming in from another entrance, hands on her hips. My two little brothers were guiltily staring at their feet. If I had heard it once, I heard it a thousand times. “That’s why we don’t have nice things.” It was a bit of a sarcastic statement because the real reason we did not have nice things was because we were borderline poor and we were not by any stretch materialistic. Even so, I would guess that replacing the things me and my three brothers broke with regularity took up a much larger chunk of the budget than any of us would have liked.

I had one of my brothers hold the dustpan while I swept up the glass and then we were all ushered outside where we most likely played pole soccer. Twenty minutes later, crash, that soccer ball went crashing through the living room window. OK. Not really, but wouldn’t it have been funny if it had? Anyways, the point is that growing up, boys break stuff. Once we are all grown, we still break stuff but now we usually have to pay for it ourselves. Ladies, don’t even think that you’re off the hook. I’ve seen one of you drive out of a garage before opening the door. I’ve seen a woman run a red light because she was checking her makeup in the rear view mirror.

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