“A piece of pie is better than nothing at all.”
All or nothing! In or out! Sometimes, we want it all; right now, no questions asked – no exceptions. Later is too late; it’s not soon enough. We refuse to settle for less. It’s either now or never; it’s either the best or nothing at all. Somewhere between our desires and wants, reality sets in. The reality of life has an uncanny way of re-shifting, readjusting, and putting us back in line. Life through living can shake us up, turn us upside down, and put our feet hopefully on solid ground. It is then that we realize that what we want is not always what we get; what we want doesn’t just show up at our door; what we want requires time, attention, hard work, preparation, and God’s unchanging hand. Adjustments may be necessary. More time than expected may be needed to reach our goals. It doesn’t mean that we should give up and for sure, it doesn’t mean that we should cease or lessen our desire to obtain what we want. Vision helps us reach our destination. Realism, perseverance, and patience are the antidotes that we carry on the journey. As we climb, success may come in increments. It may not hit us all at once. We may slip and fall, need to be picked up, coached, and pacified from missteps and failures. Without question and measurably, a piece of the pie is better than nothing. Something is greater than nothing. The question remains. Which way? What should we do? The choice is always ours. The desire to have the entire pie is and should remain the goal. Snacking on a slice of pie during the journey isn’t bad! It eases the hunger and we partake of the taste of success, which may be the best motivator that we need. Nothing has changed. Our goals to accomplish remain the same. Sitting at the table with the whole pie is our goal – then and now. We have to remember though that the ingredients have to be gathered and the pie has to be made, sometimes baked before it is served. Patience is a needed ingredient regardless of which pie we like. We learned about patience along the way through trial and error and through guiding hands. We must continue – Stay the course! In Romans 8:24 -28, we are provided guidance. It reads: 24 “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
In this journey, let us not forget the spiritual admonition of Galatians 6:9 – “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Happy Sunday! God bless!
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My mentor, coach, friend, and attorney, the late Donald R. Murphy’s famous saying was, “A piece of pie is better than nothing!” I will remember those words, continue my climb, and not give up. May you rest in peace Attorney Murphy as your memories and teachings last forevermore.