How 3 Minutes Equals 9+

My kitchen faucet has been a sorry story since I moved into this little house a month and a half ago. Yeah, it was more than a drip-drip-drip, but not by much. It would take a full 60 seconds to dispense enough water to cook a pack of ramen. And if I ever want to make potato soup…

Well, I’m doomed, basically.

Until this evening.

When I had a great idea: GENIUS in fact. “Maybe it was plugged somehow and it’s fixable!” Well…

It took about 15 seconds to unscrew the mesh filter at the end. Three minutes more to clean it, and my faucet works like a normal faucet now. By the end of next week it’ll have saved me at least three times as much time waiting for water as it required to fix it. (Hence the title of this post.)

Why didn’t I do it a month and a half ago?

I don’t know.

Maybe this explains why I rated lowest in the “mechanical / manual labor” category when I took that Career Test two years ago.

In any case, I’ve had this thought all evening… because it’s not just water faucets. I wait, we wait, in so many other things too. In our tasks. In our lives.

It seems pretty well established that my generation seeks out instant gratification and shies away from anything less.

But is three minutes and fifteen seconds really that much of a sacrifice? Or a ten minute call to a friend, or a half hour workout or prayer time?

No, it isn’t.

Enough with “instant gratification”. Our families and friends and– our heavenly Father— deserve more.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Adventist Frontier Missions or any other organization.

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8 thoughts on “How 3 Minutes Equals 9+”

  1. Way to go, Jared. I’m glad you can cook your ramen noodles now. 😄 And your tiny house is in a beautiful setting. We are praying for you and your work.

  2. Jared, I’m sure you’re going to learn a lot of practical things along with other good
    life’s lessons. Blessings!

  3. Thanks for sharing the details of your ups and downs. Life is a constant learning journey. God bless you. Praying for you every evening. Robin and LaRenne

  4. Elaine Steffen

    Love hearing your stories, Jared, and seeing your photos. So refreshing to hear common life situations that become spiitual applications Glad you got your faucet figured out. You just reminded me to decalcify my shower head again.😏

    1. Jared Ratcliff

      It’s so cool how many things in our lives have spiritual applications when we really think about it. 😊

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