It was getting light, and the pair of trousers hanging in the wardrobe were feeling good about themselves. They’d only been washed the day before, and it was relaxing sleeping in the darkness of the cupboard. However, before they knew what was happening, all of a sudden, the wardrobe door opened, a pair of hands appeared, and they were whisked off the coat hanger and being filled with their owner’s legs. And they were off. And for a pair of trousers what lay ahead could be quite an adventure, because people did all sorts of things. And what adventures lay ahead of those trousers, well they could only wait and find out.
Now the morning started quite normally. They were taken to the kitchen for breakfast, and had the usual bit of milk and cereal slopped on them. And then there was the dog who came and sat upon them too. But the trousers didn’t complain and didn’t hold a grudge. And after that, it was out of the house to… well who knows where.
However, as they were being walked along the street, the trousers recognised where they were going. They were going to the shops. And it wasn’t long before his owner sat down and had a break. And when he did, this time it wasn’t milk and cereal that the owner slopped on them, but a bit of ice cream. And bbbrrr that felt cold.
But that wasn’t all. At lunch time the trousers had a whole meal dropped on them. And on the way home, a car went speeding past, and it found the only muddy puddle that could be found. And, well… you can imagine the rest. But still the trousers didn’t complain, and didn’t hold a grudge.
By the time they got home again that afternoon, the trousers looked a real mess. But the trousers had been around long enough to know what would happen next. In no time they were being taken off, and being put back in the wash.
The trousers breathed in, “Here we go again”, as they had powder thrown over them, and the water began to run. And the trousers held their breath as the bowl began to spin. But before long, they found themselves being hung up to dry. And then, a little later still, a hot – very hot iron – was run all over them. But still the trousers didn’t complain and didn’t hold a grudge.
By the end of the day, however, the trousers were content. All clean, and peacefully hanging up in the cupboard, where they could have a decent night’s sleep. It had a been a big day.
However it wasn’t long before it was dawn again. And all of a sudden the wardrobe door opened, and a pair of hands appeared and grabbed them off the hanger. And for the trousers everything began to happen all over again.
You know for all of us life is mostly routine, but a routine where little adventures happen on the way. And just like the pair of trousers, during those adventures we often get dirty, and not always of our own making. Because apart from our own dirt, we have other people’s dirt thrown at us too.
Of course one kind of dirt, is the stains that we make when we slop things, or when other people slop things. But another kind of dirt is when we do things wrong, or others do things to us which are wrong too. However one of the things that we can learn is to never complain and never hold a grudge.
Now the Apostle Paul had some very good advice about that. He said that we should not let our anger cause us to sin. And that we should not let the sun go down whilst we are still angry (and we can find that in the bible in Ephesians 4:26-27). And what he meant by that, is that we need to deal quickly with the dirt that comes our way. That we are not to make a big deal of it, but quickly put it behind us. And that is what the trousers in our story knew so well.
Indeed, when something happened to the trousers in the story, they never complained, and they never held a grudge. Whatever was thrown at them, they just got on with life. The question is, can we do the same?
© 2015, Brian A Curtis