Philippians 2:14 (ESV)
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing
STOP COMPLAINING ~ I woke up this morning with thoughts running through my head. Facebook can be a great tool to share life with others and encouragement. Yet, I find many people who just keep complaining about being a mom, doing house work, going to work, tired in young years of life, tired of older years and the list goes on. I'm going to be very real today and share some thoughts.
Image this: One day you wake up and your entire life is different. That is what happens to lots of people and they must deal with new normals.
I'm going to list somethings to stop complaining about in life:
*a mom complaining about a mom's life ~
*there is a woman who prays she was able to have a child
*a person complaining about their job ~
*there is a person who prays they had your job
*a person complain about their job ~
*there is a person who never wanted to retire and stop working
*a person complaining about their house is too small ~
*there is a person who just wants a house
*a person complaining about taking care of their child ~
*there is someone who prays their child was still alive.
*a person complaining about their marriage ~
*there are people praying for the right mate
*The list can go on.......but I think we need to see the things we do have in life. Maybe you don't know not to complain about what you have, but today you do. I have friends who their entire life changes overnight. That sudden car accident, the death of a husband or wife, the children who cry themselves to sleep at night because they don't have that great mom or dad in their lives.
Things we do not ask for:
My cousins watched her young daughter get hit and killed by a school bus on a country road. My neighbors who mention planning her son's funeral and coming home to find his wedding invitations on the porch. Come on people, let us stop complaining about life.
I want us to see what we do have today. We have a July 4th weekend and there will be sorrows through it. I remember 43 years ago, my dad would suffer a sudden heart attach and die within our home on July 7th. Memories that flood my brain this morning and all I keep hearing is share stories today. Share to have a thankful heart of what we do have in life.
I have seen sorrow and I have seen miracles. I have walked with God and I have walked without God in the certain of my heart. I have been angry over loosing my dad, my mom and my dad to Heaven. I have rejoiced that they are no longer in pain. Why does this happen or why do we complain so much. I've done it myself friends. I've complained about where I live, things I lost, people who move away and I hear God saying, be thankful for where I brought you from in life.
I'm not that little girl who stayed in her bedroom as a child and wished I had friends. I have many friends now and I've learned to reach out. The sorrows of life can bring depression and wanting to stay away from people. But the truth is, we need each other. We need days of encouragement from someone else. We need to see how far God has brought our lives. We need to live in today and share hope with others. I've been guilty of complaining too and I'm stopping that.
I had someone tell me the other day that I was lucky to have grandchildren. She was right, I am lucky to have children and I'm blessed beyond words. I'm sorry God for complaining about things and how sudden our lives changed financial. We get less than half of what we did for 30 years. We do have enough of live and I need to see that in giving thanks.
What else can I say today except thank you for taking time to read this. I believe God will use this blog to help someone see their situation could be worse. I remember my mom being independent on day and living on her own, then Christmas morning she would fall and live in a care home the rest of her life. She went from taking care of herself, but having others help us. She grew angry and I watched her cry. I remember my friend Laura sharing on Facebook how much she loved her husband one morning. Little did she know, her husband would die that night from a motorcycle accident. I'm not trying to bring you down today, but show you how fast life can change.
Trusting God, brings new beginnings too. Laura is now remarried and shares her story with others. The end of one life has no words really. There was and continues to be a grieving process. God sent someone into her life years later and her story continues.
Hug a family member, share a text message, give some thankful words to someone and just share the best of you today. Everybody needs a best friend, be your best friend and take care of you. Someone that you don't know, might want to be you, but don't see all the things you must go through in life to be you. I hope that make total sense to you. My prayers are with you, your family and friends.
CHANGE HAPPENS ~
To each of us throughout our life time. Let us do our best to stop complaining and begin again. Somethings are just hard and I understand that. I also know that people watch our lives and our example matters. Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. Read Ecclesiastes Chapter 3, because there is a time for all things. I do believe what we stay focused on matters.
Giving thanks today for the July 4th weekend. As we watch fireworks or hear of them, let us remember the freedom that God gives us to choose right thoughts, pray for our country and thank God for men/women who serve our country and sacrifice far more than we know.
GOD BLESS AMERICA