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Where’s the Beef

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” Where’s the beef” became a iconic catch phrase after petite Clara Peller  the 81 year old former manicurist turned actress did her first Wendy’s commercial airing January 10th 1984.
Claire’s small line demanded an big  answer after being served a mondo hamburger bun with a minuscule hamburger patty from the fictitious Big Burger Chain. Making her three -word phrase­­­­ a cultural phenomenon and boosting Wendy’s sales 31 % allowing them to accomplish as much in five weeks as they did in 14 1/2 years. *
From time to time I still like to quote Miss Clara’s classic line and her three -words made me look at “where’s the beef in a whole new light the other day .
“Where’s the Beef ” when it comes to terms of having a grievance towards someone.
How does one walk in a place of freedom when you have been deeply wounded by the brokenness of others ? and how can we overcome our personal brokenness to lessen the wounding towards our fellow man ?
It’s a question I wrestle with  as I reach for a deeper level of growth and maturity . Desiring to not roll up to the drive thru of life and order an all beef patty of offense.
God’s word is full of wisdom in how to deal with offenses.

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”
Ecclesiastes 7:21-22

“Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.”
Proverbs 18:19

“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”
Luke 17:3-4
“When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.”
James 1:19
Lord , I long to operate in grace and walk in an atmosphere of what my friend Joe calls ” the zone of forgiveness”. Forgive me of my failing and trespasses and allow me to forgive those that have trespassed against me. And” if it be possible, as much as lies in me, may I live peaceably with all men”.. Releasing those that choose not to reconcile into your loving nail scarred hands.. Amen

” Grace is when someone hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back “.

Author: Lisa Thompson Jennings

Hello my name is Lisa,.it would be so delightful to sit down with you swapping life's stories..Reveling in God's goodness,sharing our battles won and those we still are fighting. Finding sacred ground together in heartbreak, redemption , forgiven and blessed hope that promises not to disappoint us. A little about me ... I love God with all my heart stumbling along the way as I do , I talk a lot but still covet listening, Laughter and being creative are not options for my soul would wither with the lack of them. My husband Kevin and I have been married for 27 years and blessed with two boys Derek 22 and Trent 19. It's been 22 years since I worked outside of the home some of those twenty-one years were spent homeschooling, coupon clipping and keeper of the Jennings household. Counting it pure joy to watch our amazing boys turn into outstanding young men.While this earthen vessel laden with cracks and flaws by God's intentional grace and renewed strength made it through. A touch of God's redemption from past misfortunes that included surviving sexual abuse, a failed first marriage, eating disorder, panic attacks, intense gripping fear and crushing low self esteem. Drawn to a God that can right wrongs, bring beauty where ashes once laid ,all the while lovingly speaking His worth and value into weary, parched souls. So that we can not only survive as victims but thrive as a people walking in glorious victory, blazing a trail of freedom for anyone held in chains of injustices, personal failure or loss. So thankful God is all about new beginnings, fresh starts and slates wiped clean.. our past misfortunes merely spring boards of new found hope and deep abounding joy ... it's a privilege to be a fellow sojourner in this path to greater wholeness and liberation. Charles Dickens writes "Reflect on your present blessings every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some". Celebrating present and future Heavenly blessings with you

2 thoughts on “Where’s the Beef

  1. Pingback: Where’s the Beef | My sentimental journey

  2. Beautiful post, Lisa! I’m in a place where I’m not offended as quickly as I used to be. I’m learning how to practice the presence of God, and to trust Tim more deeply. Even when he’s not on the same wave length, he never means to hurt me. I want to love my neighbor as myself. But more importantly, I want to know my neighbor loves me . . . and to live trusting them for the best.

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