Around our house, we’ve seen a glut of complaining recently, and not just in my children. I’ve noticed my own self complain more than once, and I’ve heard the same whiny tone in my own voice that I dislike in my children’s. So I determined this Wisdom Wednesday to work on something that we can remember.
While the children were eating breakfast, I read them passages from Exodus and told them the story of the children of Israel whom God protected and provided for. I asked them whether they thought the children of Israel would be thankful for what God did, or complain about what they didn’t have. Both Bethel and David thought they would be happy, so they were surprised when I read how they complained (in my best whiny voice). We all decided they should have trusted God, and been thankful (They should have been thankful, and should not have complained, should they? Nooooooooo, they should not have complained.)
Then we turned to I Thessalonians 5:18:
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
We could also have looked at Philippians 2:14, but I wanted a verse that gave what they should be doing. Maybe we’ll do that one next.
Then we talked about times where we should give thanks instead of complaining. Right now, washing dishes is a very popular chore (!), so we talked about how we could be thankful that someone else gets a turn. We talked about trusting God and being thankful when someone else gets the swings first at the church playground. And we talked about being thankful when someone else gets a cheese stick and there are none left for the others. These are huge challenges.
Now I must be thankful when the baby wakes up before I’m ready, or when a huge box of cereal is spilled, or when I lose my purse and have to go through hoops to get new ID. I’ve told God thank you for these things, and I’m praying that he’ll help me remember to be thankful when the next crisis hits.
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