This morning, one of my friends posted this:
"What if you refused to say one negative thing today?" I thought about this and figured I might last an hour or so, lol. Seriously, it's worth a try!
I thought it was worth a try too. Unfortunately, I failed in my very first conversation of the day with my neighbor. But, I decided to try again. I walked away from that conversation, sat on my deck, and opened my email. And God confirmed my conviction with some encouragment from Max Lucado.
I like the story about the fellow who went to the pet store for a singing parakeet. The store owner had just the bird and the next day the man came home to a house full of music. When he went to feed the bird he noticed for the first time, the parakeet had only one leg. He called the store and complained. “What do you want,” the store owner responded, “a bird who can sing or a bird who can dance?”
Good question for times of disappointment. What do we want? It’s what Jesus asked the disciples when they complained. And in Luke 24:27, Jesus began to tell them the story of God’s plan for people, “starting with Moses and all the prophets, and everything that had been written about Himself in the Scriptures.” Jesus’ cure for the broken heart is the story of God. So what do you want? If you’re disappointed, turn to the story of God. He’s still in control!
I realized my complaining was a lack of gratitude for what God has given me. And if I truly believe that God gives us everything we need (and sometimes everything includes pain and hardship) and that all things work for my good (even when I can't understand the how's and why's) then even the situations that disappoint me will be recognized as good, goodness, Godness. Everything is working together to give me a clearer picture of my Lord. Everything is working together to draw me into a closer relationship with Him, if I'll allow it. When my heart and mind finally absorb this truth, then I will be able to truly give thanks in all things, knowing this (even this!) is the will of God for me in Christ Jesus.
So, what is it that I want? More stuff? No pain? No heartache? An easier life? Or more of Jesus.
Just give me Jesus.