Business Fleas and Thanksgiving

Being a business owner has a great many advantages but there also disadvantages. There are great opportunities and there are frustrating challenges. Sometimes those challenges are little irritating – a bit like fleas. T

Fleas are small.  They seem to be everywhere.  They are not going to destroy you – they are just going to make your life miserable. Their bites are itchy and sometimes painful, and getting rid of them is hard.

Back in the dark ages, the mid 70”s, when I was a youth pastor I had the opportunity to meet Corrie ten Boom. I became a fan of this wondrous woman of God who had endured so much and yet was so gracious, joyous and wise.

In her book, The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom tells about an incident that taught her the principle of giving thanks in all things. It was during World War II. Corrie and her sister, Betsy, had been harboring Jewish people in their home, so they were arrested and imprisoned at Ravensbruck Camp.

The barracks were extremely crowded and infested with fleas. One morning they read in their tattered Bible from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Betsy said, “Corrie, we’ve got to give thanks for this barracks and even for these fleas.”

Corrie replied, “No way am I going to thank God for fleas.” But Betsy was persuasive, and they did thank God even for the fleas.

During the months that followed, they found that their barracks was left relatively free, and they could do Bible study, talk openly, and even pray in the barracks. It was their only place of refuge. Several months later they learned that the reason the guards never entered their barracks was because of those blasted fleas.

This Thanksgiving I plan not only to thank God for the meal, my family, all of God’ provisions and grace, but give thank even for the fleas in my life. How about you?

Dale Hutchcraft

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2 thoughts on “Business Fleas and Thanksgiving”

  1. Hi, Hutch… Thanks for the reminder that God often deserves thanks for things/people that we initially think are pests. It just might be that the pests are preventing us from getting wrapped around the axle by something really harmful.
    Thom

  2. Bill,
    As a new business owner, I am learning to be thankful for the fleas. They stretch you and force you to think outside your comfort zone.

    Happy Thanksgiving.
    Dave Petersen

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