My husband and I were in a tight financial spot with our business. We couldn’t pay ourselves and were worried about making the payroll. Until Batman came to the rescue, that is.
Until that day 13 years ago, everything had been operating smoothly with our business, and we never worried about paying our employees or our bills. But we had been careless and made a few mistakes in our bank account. Suddenly, we found ourselves on our knees, praying that God would bring in the accounts receivables so we could make payroll.
During this stressful period, all the joy in life seemed to leave me. I felt like life was non-stop drudgery, a struggle just to stay afloat. All I saw was the negative in everything.
That’s when Batman entered the picture. I was home with my six-year-old son when a neighbor dropped off a treat bag from a birthday party that my son had missed. Ben pulled Batman glasses, stickers and a candy bar out of the bag and was thrilled. Then he found the Batman puzzle. Frustrated that the puzzle didn’t come out of its plastic frame, Ben started to cry. “I hate those things!” he sobbed. I was surprised by the intensity of his reaction because he was normally an easy-going, compliant kid who took things as they came.
I sat down with him and showed him all the good things he had received and reminded him about what a wonderful surprise the gifts had been. “Will you choose to be happy about the Batman glasses, the stickers and the candy bar, Ben, or will you choose to be sad about the one thing you don’t like?” That question seemed to stop him in his tracks. Soon he was happily coloring a picture for his friend.
Then God asked me a similar question, and it stopped me in my tracks, too. I suddenly realized that God was speaking to me through my own words. “Will you choose to be happy for all the good things you have Julie?” God was asking me.
I looked at the truth. Yes, we were in a tight spot, but so far, we were managing. I still had a nice house, food on my table, a wonderful husband and kids, friends and family members, a church family and a relationship with a loving God. Even with less money, I had more than enough.
God helped us make that payroll, and we were a little more careful with our accounts after that. Now when negative circumstances come my way, I put those Batman glasses on in my mind and try to look at things from a new, more thankful perspective.
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy. think about such things. Philippians 4:8