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Stuck on Stupid…

By July 23, 2015August 30th, 2022Devotional

If you didn’t read my post earlier this week about staying at the hotel where I didn’t feel welcome, tonight’s article probably won’t make any sense to you. To bring you up to speed in the event that you missed it, I wrote about two different properties in Evansville where I stay from time to time. I got a little stuck on trying to maintain my status with both Marriott and Hilton so after I made my Hilton status, I moved over to the Courtyard with the intent of keeping my status with Marriott as well.

To be sure, I don’t care for the Courtyard. The people aren’t friendly or kind, it is difficult to expect any kind of service for a weary traveller and to make matters even worse, I prefer a first floor room and the last three stays I have been in rooms with bugs. Finally, I woke up during my last stay, left the hotel and went next door to the Garden Inn, a Hilton property, where I was greeted like a long lost relative and given a gourmet breakfast – kind of like the prodigal son. It felt awesome.

So where did I stay last night when I once again found myself in Evansville? Based on the title of tonight’s post, you certainly have figured out that I was at the Courtyard. When I told Janet, she just started laughing and asked if I had rocks in my head… I kind of remember my mother using the same types of words when describing dumb things that I had done. In fact, I don’t even have an excuse… the reservation had been made some time ago and although I tried to get in the Garden Inn at the last minute, it was sold out. Now that I think about it, that makes sense. It is so much nicer and friendlier than the place I stayed last night.

I was telling our friend Pat that I couldn’t even get a first floor room, although the person checking in ahead of me got one…  And the Courtyard folks know that my profile shows a preference for ground floor as I come and go quite a bit and it saves time when I don’t always have to be getting in an elevator. I tried to make lemonade out of lemons by letting Pat know that at least I didn’t have bugs in my room this trip. She quickly let me know that if I return next week the bugs will be in the higher floors – they just haven’t climbed up that far yet. Ha Ha…

So I apparently haven’t learned my lesson – when I actually read this stuff in print, I feel a little stupid… And that brings us to the verse for this evening. Please note how appropriate it is. King Solomon, supposedly the wisest man who ever lived, who wrote the book of Ecclesiastes to speak to the issues of wisdom and that everything is meaningless without looking to God in the end. From Eccl. 10:3 we are told, “Even as he walks along the road, the fool lacks sense and shows everyone how stupid he is.” That’s how I feel. Not only do I think I made dumb choices, I actually wrote about them and stayed the course! I guess you can sense how I feel.

My encouragement tonight is that God knows that we are human and don’t make all the right choices in our lives. But hopefully, at least most of the time, we will learn from our mistakes. My prayer is that we all will try to improve and know that we don’t honor God when we stay stuck on stupid. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…

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