So I was sitting in my office trying to gather my thoughts for this blog post when it happened: bang! crash ! “You took my airplane!” “That’s my toy!”. If you’re a parent and your household is like mine, you probably have a pretty good idea of what I’m talking about.
This was by no means the first interruption or “noise fest” that had taken place in the Robinson family today. I admit that my first reaction was not what it should be. “Why Lord,” I groaned “do children have to make so much noise?”
Right away a thought struck me: “Aren’t you grateful that you have children to make noise?” Then the shame factor kicked in. I was complaining about a circumstance that was caused by one of the greatest gifts that I had ever received: my children. At that moment, I realized that my kids had given me my next blog post.
Many times we complain about circumstances or situations that we don’t like or want but we miss the fact that every situation is related to something that we do like or want.
When your car runs out of gas at 11 p.m. and your pregnant wife has to stay alone in the car while you walk six miles to the nearest gas station (believe me, this happened to me) are you tempted to complain or do you thank God for the fact that you have:
- a car
- a wife
- a pregnant wife
- two legs and the ability to walk?
The right reaction would be to thank Him for all of the above and whatever else you can think of after you sweetly kiss your patient wife “goodbye” and start on your evening jaunt. This, however, is rarely done. Our reaction to unpleasant words, memories and/or circumstances is often negative. We respond to criticism with criticism, to crushed dreams with bitterness when we ought to be thankful that someone has noticed us enough to criticize and that our dreams were big enough to crush in the first place.
The terminally-ill cancer patient might be tempted to disagree. “I don’t want to die. I don’t want to miss out on what remains of my life.” While I heartily agree, and having lost my mother to cancer I can fully sympathize. However I would also point out that while leaving life is sad, that person at least, has had a life to leave.
The choice is up to you. If you’re like me, you’ll leave the critics bench and join the fan club. We may not like the situations we face, and that’s fine as life’s not meant to be a bed of roses. We should, however look beyond these situations and be thankful for whatever good thing we have that is related to the circumstance.
So when you’re tempted to complain about your 4:30 a.m. wake up time, hey, be thankful that you’re alive to see another day.
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See you next time.