Normally my time spent standing at the board with a hot iron in hand doubles as my time to listen to the words of prophets.
I love this time.
I can think, wonder, learn, affirm, and recommit to everything that is important to me.
Today while I was ironing and listening my weary thoughts returned, "Man, week after week, load after load, this laundry is a never-ending process. It is worn, dirtied, washed, dried, (ironed if needed), put away, and worn again. Can I do this for 70 or so more years?"
At this point in my thoughts I heard this:
I remembered that all these monotonous, seemingly insignificant things I do; and the stressful, really hard times that I go through are shaping me, tempering me, and making me stronger.
Tempered glass, like tempered steel, undergoes a well-controlled heating process which increases strength. Thus, when tempered glass is under stress, it will not easily break into jagged shards that can injure.
Likewise, a temperate soul—one who is humble and full of love—is also a person of increased spiritual strength. With increased spiritual strength, we are able to develop self-mastery and to live with moderation. We learn to control, or temper, our anger, vanity, and pride. With increased spiritual strength, we can protect ourselves from the dangerous excesses and destructive addictions of today’s world.
And then I decided that maybe by the time I get wrinkles I will wear wrinkles to match.