Peanut Butter Days
I was 20 years old. The world seemed big and bright to this wide-eyed small town girl from Northern Wisconsin. I had already spent two years 1000 miles away from home beginning my education and now was taking one of the greatest risks yet. I was loading up my 1992 4-door burgundy Saturn named “Alice” and we were moving to music city. I had landed my dream job… or more accurately my dream opportunity – the chance to work for FREE for the company I had dreamed of working for since I was 13 years old.
That season of my life is remarkably vivid even 14 years later. I was interning at the company I dreamed of working for. I was living in the city that I’d always wanted to move to. I was working two part-time jobs to make my rent payment. I was dirt poor… and totally happy!
I fondly refer to those days as my “peanut butter days”. Peanut butter days because, seriously that’s all I lived on! I would literally walk into the grocery store with a budget of $20, buy a big jar of peanut butter, a loaf of bread, and a few other essentials like soap and toothpaste and live off of that for a week or so.
But in spite of my limited resources, I saw God’s provision, His favor and His blessing all over my life. It was one of the most exciting seasons of my life and also one of the most stretching.
You’ve probably experienced peanut butter days too…
… Maybe it was when you went off to college and lived off of Ramen Noodles because all your money went into tuition and books
… Maybe it was when you were newly married, sharing one car without AC, but giddy in love
… Maybe it was when you decided to start a family and to live off of one income, complete with coupon clipping and strategic meal planning
I would venture to guess that most of us have experienced “peanut butter days”. We not only experience peanut butter days in our personal lives, but organizations also have their share of peanut butter days. And although we all would rather avoid these days (or seasons), I think peanut butter days can be important for you and your team to lead and learn through.
Peanut Butter Days:
- Remind us of God’s provision. We’re much more tuned into the little blessings. Perhaps someone gives you a gift card, an unexpected check in the mail, etc. It means more when you need it most.
- Breed creativity. Limited resources draw out unique ideas and new ways of accomplishing goals.
- Keep us focused on what’s most important. You don’t take for granted the things that really matter like friendships, family and what God is growing in you.
- Can unify and unite a family or a team if we choose to lean into one another.
Don’t be afraid of the peanut butter days. Embrace them. Lead through them. Learn from them.
They are a greater gift than you may even know.
What’s your “peanut butter days” story?