Hearing aids are such curious items. Think about how advanced the electronics are, how tiny they can be, and how they emit just the right frequencies to assist with specified hearing deficits.
For the last two weeks my Father-in-Law had been visiting us from Pennsylvania. He wears fancy hearing aids that have their own charging case and boast a clear wire that sticks up behind the ear. In short, they resemble small bugs with an elongated neck…or a squirrely solo leg.
Four days into his visit, our cats decided that they were small bugs to be played with. They managed to get ahold of both of his hearing aids; one had teeth marks and a broken case, while the other had been placed poetically in the toilet.
My heart sunk. Because my early years in the Air Force were as an Ear, Nose, & Throat Technician, I know just how expensive hearing aids are. To make this right, our family was going to have to come out of pocket quite a bit of money…at Christmas time with our son’s birthday days away. And yet, this was a moment where our son was watching how we were going to react to our cats “eating” several thousand dollars in a game of high-stakes “cat & mouse.”
Galatians 6:9 (NASB) states, “Let us not become discouraged in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not become weary.”
Doing the right thing, also known as integrity, is something we must make conscious decisions to pursue. It becomes a constant process to continuously make good decisions, as well as behaving in a righteous way. It’s a simplistic way that we get to imitate Christ’s behavior when He walked the earth as flesh and blood. The verse further encourages us that we can’t become weary while making these conscious decisions. Both parts are hard to do…the reacting appropriately and to do it with a joyful attitude is difficult. It takes practice.
In the nano-second that I heard our cats had destroyed an expensive set of hearing aids, I immediately said, “we’ll pay for the replacements…what do we have to do to make this right?” It wasn’t until later that I started to panic about cost and the impact on Christmas or Birthday celebrations. That didn’t change the ultimate thought…we still needed to make it right by paying for new aids. The difference is the acknowledgment of the statement ‘what is right is right….no matter the impact.’
Pappy gets new hearing aids and his grandson has an example, albeit an expensive one, of how to treat people and how we should own our roles and responsibilities. Our son gets a Galatians 6:9 example in real life.
Meanwhile, I’m humming “All I want for Christmas is…two new hearing aids!”
I’m praying for all the Iron Porch readers this week that we are encouraged rather than discouraged and that we continue to be joyful rather than weary!