By Katina Anderson

Resourceful = Having the ability to find clever ways to overcome difficulties.

When I was 9 years old I had the privilege to visit my Dad’s homeland, the then communist Czechoslovakia.  We stayed with my grandparents for three weeks.  Their entire property was a garden complete with chickens and ducks, and baby kittens.  As I thought about that time recently, I was struck with my grandparents’ and great-grandmother’s (who lived with them) resourcefulness.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, was wasted!

My uncle had a car accident and the roof portion of the car became a fixture in the chicken coop.  After the chickens were slaughtered they fed the chicken eyes to the cats. Papers and tissue papers were reused in many different and interesting ways. The lawn was set aside for the more useful purpose of gardening. What a gift my parents gave me in taking me to that place and what a legacy of my grandparents!

They had a difficult life in a communist country where they had little freedoms, but were resourceful with what they had. We ate amazing food prepared and preserved from my grandparents’ garden.  Through the difficulty they carved out a nice life for themselves by being resourceful with what they had.

I think they were content, and if not content, resigned to the life that had been enforced upon them by their government. Instead of fighting against their plight, they decided to make the most of it.

I’m so glad to have had to opportunity to peer into their lives for a few weeks.  It’s a memory I will never forget and may it challenge each of us to use what we have and be resigned to our portion.

“The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.” Psalm 16:5


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Comments 1

  1. Thank you for this gentle reminder! We are so blessed and in the hurriedness of life can loose sight of what is truly important. What a memory to cherish forever!

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