Monday, January 17, 2011

Another Confession

I have a confession. And yes, this may appall and scare away those of you who know my family, but I just have to confess. We have a contagious disease. I'm sure either Nate or I started it and the kids all have it, and I'm afraid we spread it wherever we go! And what is this horrible disease?
I believe the technical term for our disease is queribundus morbus.  Yes, that is latin for "Complaining Disease."
Lately we've realized it more, been praying about it, and talking about it with our children.
And it's gotten worse!
We complain about all kinds of things. The kids complain about the color plate they get or the length of their spaghetti noodles or about having chores (or having nothing to do).
I complain when the hubby has to work or when the kids don't have school or when our schedule is too full.
Get the idea?
We've got it bad!
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. (Phil. 4:14-16)
(incidentally, I went to biblegateway.com to snag this verse and then happened to look back at their home page--guess what the verse of the day is? Yep! Phil. 4:14-16!)
So what can we do about this? I know that pulling up our bootstraps (so to speak) does nothing whatsoever except make us complain more about complaining!
So Lord, help me to pray--
to pray with my children
and even when my heart doesn't necessarily feel like it, Holy Spirit, help me to praise my God!
Lord, fill my heart with your Word:
*the words of David who learned how to complain rightly to God and then to worship and praise
*the words of Jesus who taught giving and sacrifice
*the appalling complaints of the Israelites in the dessert and
*the amazing lack of complaints in books like Esther and Ruth
And Lord, I ask that you use our family as lights in the world.
* Take hikes/walks and dwell on the beauty of this place where we live.
* Clean out and give away those things that we don't need and remember to be thankful for the things we do have.
* Go work in the soup kitchen downtown and talk about being grateful to give.
* Perhaps we could even (please, Lord!) take a family missions trip to a needy country--I would LOVE to go to Haiti or to my beloved China as a family.
And perhaps (this would take guts as a momma who loves to feed her family)
* We could eat only rice for one meal and pray for those who don't eat regularly.
Help us, Father, to honor you with the words of our mouths and the thoughts of minds and the feelings of our hearts.
"Create in me a clean heart, O God,
   and
 renew a right spirit within me."

Psalm 51:10
Linked with Motivate Me Monday and Makes My Monday,


5 comments:

  1. What a great perspective changing post! Thank you for playing along so poignantly and for Making My Monday!

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  2. Beautiful. I could just about burst into tears reading this. Those are some great ideas for remediation. Thankful for an insightful friend like you!

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  3. I think we ALL have this disease! But, I love your prayers and the reminder to look for the good and cultivate giving and thankful spirits in our children! Hope you're having a wonderful joy-filled, thankfulness-spilling-over kind of day!

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  4. "I know that pulling up our bootstraps (so to speak) does nothing whatsoever except make us complain more about complaining!" Such great insight.
    Thank you for your prayer. It inspired me to "try" less and PRAY more!!!

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  5. Amen! We all need a check up for our disease!

    "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my hear, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord my strength, and my redeemer!"

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

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