Everybody’s Treat


“My treat!” Nice words to hear, huh? They have flowed into my ears from any number of places. At Thirty-One Flavors on a smoggy, stifling, sweltering August afternoon after I’ve ordered a double-decker “pralines ‘n’ cream, dark cone” with a buddy. He digs deeper, faster. I start licking, smilin’. Full of gratitude, I leave wondering why I ordered two scoops. We laugh. I say thanks.

In line for Angels game tickets with another couple, Cynthia and I are looking forward to nine innings of relaxation, when our friends surprise us. “But we said Dutch.” “Yeah, well, not this time.” Great game. Friendship deepens. Everybody wins (even the Angels!).

Treats are neat. Spontaneous. Unexpected. Pleasant moments that communicate: “You are special . . . loved, appreciated, affirmed, deserving,” and a half-dozen other warm fuzzies we need to hear but seldom hand out.

That’s one kind of treat—”an act of generosity as an expression of regard or friendship.” But treat can also be “an unexpected source of joy, delight, or amusement.” Rather than an act, this represents a fact. A happy happening.

I’m thinking of something that never fails to enhance, to encourage, to refresh, to renew. Not every so often, but every single time. The kind of treat where you pick up the tab but the expense is virtually forgotten, thanks to the meaningfulness of the event and the memory that will never be erased. Like time spent on a vacation or at a retreat or at a conference center. A full week or two away from the daily grind. Out where birds still sing and squirrels still run free and nights are still cool and skies are still clear. That’s the where.

But the essential question is why? Because you need a place to relax and get your emotional battery recharged. You need a time to rediscover some of the sparkling gems tucked away in God’s Book that have gathered dust, thanks to our fast-paced schedule. You need an opportunity to sing your heart out, to relax.

So, take time out of your too-busy schedule to walk, to play, to nap, to get reacquainted with your loved ones, family, or friends.

Take time to meet with God . . . alone. This is one treat you can’t deny yourself.

Tell yourself “my treat,” and it will be everybody’s treat.

Treat yourself to refreshment for your spirit as well as your body.

Take time out of your too-busy schedule to walk, play, nap, and get reacquainted with your family or friends.

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Taken from Day by Day with Charles Swindoll by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 2000 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

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Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.

ఖచ్చితత్వం, స్పష్టత మరియు ఆచరణాత్మకత అన్నీ చార్లెస్ ఆర్. స్విన్డాల్ యొక్క బైబిల్-బోధనా పరిచర్యను వివరిస్తాయి. చక్ ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ కు బోర్డు ఛైర్మన్ మరియు డల్లాస్ థియోలాజికల్ సెమినరీకి ఛాన్సలర్. చక్ టెక్సాస్‌లోని ఫ్రిస్కోలోని స్టోన్‌బ్రయర్ కమ్యూనిటీ చర్చ్ యొక్క సీనియర్ పాస్టర్‌గా కూడా పనిచేస్తున్నారు, అక్కడ ఆయన చాలా ఇష్టపడేదాన్ని చేయగలుగుతున్నాడు-ఇష్టపడే హృదయాలకు బైబిల్ నేర్పిస్తున్నారు. ఆచరణాత్మక బైబిల్ అనువర్తనంపై ఆయన దృష్టి 1979 నుండి ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ రేడియో ప్రసారంలో వినబడుచున్నది.