This is Aaron, our first grandchild. He's modeling his GRUMPY face in this picture. He's the BEST grandchild in the world! He's only 7 weeks old, but he already knows how to "grumble".
Whether Grumpy or Happy this little man-child has been a joy since the day that his Grandma and Papa laid eyes on him.
So who out there has those days (weeks, months, or years) when you are in a season of grumbling? I have had many seasons of grumbling. I find myself grumbling about politics, people, my church, my children, finances, and the general state of the world. I realize it hurts me to maintain this state of mind. How do we snap out of this? It can only happen through praying for a better attitude, reading our bibles, having a true love for others, deepening our faith walk, and the willingness to actually keep working on it.
When we pray for a better attitude we need to be prepared to actually do what is required for that to happen. I don’t believe God waves a magic wand and fixes us as soon as this prayer hits His ears. We need to work on the betterment of our attitude. I need to push myself to think positive. I’m a natural born pessimist so this poses a challenge for me. I have the horrible ability to think about everything that could ever possibly go wrong and picture it too. I always watch people who are optimistic with a mix of amazement and unbelief. I find myself wanting to be able to look at things as they do. I know that the things that are happening in the world right now are pretty bad, but I can trust in the fact that God is in control. If I can keep my mind centered on this fact I see my attitude getting better and my life reflects that.
Reading our bibles is a must. We will never be caught unawares if we do this. Ecclesiastes 1:9 tells us “That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.” I believe this verse is telling us that everything we experience in this world has been experienced before in history. There is no new sin or scheme of man. I get fired up when I see terrible injustices happening in the world and I can’t fathom they are even possible. God says these things have been around since the first sin happened in the garden. He is not shocked at the lengths people will go to in pursuit of their own agendas. Neither should I be shocked. This does not mean we simply accept these things, but we shouldn’t get blown out of the water by them either. God is in control and we can trust in that fact.
We need to live a life that is pleasing to Christ, pray for each other, and be a light in the darkness that surrounds us. As we respond to God’s word it will deepen our faith. If we keep working on this our walk will match our talk. There is no better way to be a light in the world.
How can we have a true love for others? This one is not as easy as it sounds. Truly loving someone demands sacrifice. This sacrifice includes giving our time in prayer for those we don’t care for. I really struggle here. It is easier to back bite people than to lovingly confront and pray for those who push our buttons. The Holy Spirit is great at letting me feel disgusted with myself when I indulge in a good gripe session. We are never going to like everyone we come in contact with but we can love everyone with work and determination. Love is most certainly a choice.
I find life is much more enjoyable when I’ve chosen to not indulge in grumbling. What a relief it is to feel free from that heavy weight. I have to work daily to keep from going back to this habit. It is amazing to me that the Savior loves me enough to give me do-overs. He sees something in each of us that is way beyond where we are currently situated. We truly are works in progress. He is perfecting us for the glorious day when we finally meet Him face to face. I’m eagerly anticipating that day!