Friday, May 1, 2009
Curbing our complaints
Let's face it - we have little to complain about. I was pondering this reality as I was wiping up another mess, taking a child back to the doctor for a recheck on a broken elbow and wondering where was the best price for gas as it seems to be inching back up.
I found myself whining a bit - okay, a lot - when I heard God sigh. Not really, but figuratively. It was as if I could sense Him presence near me as I wiped and He was more than a little disappointed. In my ear, I could hear Him say - "So what?!" I sat back on my heels. Did I just hear what I thought I did? No words of comfort for my struggles, no sweet words of understanding just a shrug of the shoulders and a quite firm (yet, fatherly), "So what???"
I got it! So what, if I have all that and more. So what if I am being put out by these small tasks. Sure, they were drudgery and sure they were annoying but SO WHAT!
Now, I may have blogged about this already (and have forgotten) but if so, it only goes to show that I have yet to climb out of this current rut of sin I have found myself in. So, I will offer once again, the challenge to myself (and anyone else who wants to join me) that when life seems to be a struggle just step back, take another look and say - out loud - so what?!
If what you are going through truly matters, and it may very well, then take a minute to ask for the grace and understanding to tackle it. If it isn't a big deal, and often isn't, give yourself a shake by the collar and get to the job of life. But without the complaints, please. As I am sure now from my own experience that God would prefer not to hear them.