It is easy to start whinging about things that one does not have. The list is endless to start with; after some thought it gets even longer! Think about it…
A little more money and financial security would always be nice.
A physical body that did not age could be really helpful.
Extra rest without missing anything is something that we deserve.
How about sunny days with enough rain to keep everything fresh?
Then there is the peaceful resolution to the argument brewing where everyone leaves satisfied that he and she are winners.
The verbal wind goes on and on and then on some more. Those closest to us get the most swirling around them. I cannot believe the patience that those around me have! On good days I want more, with bad ones I need someone to hold accountable, and then there are the miserable ones between where I continue to forget who is on my side.
Last night I spent several hours in conversation with a friend as we flew back to London. I found myself thinking of all the ways that those around me continue to give despite all the things going on in their lives. The list includes at least the following:
Time for conversation when they least have it.
Understanding when I am quiet and reserved when they are eager to go.
Love in response to my anger or sullenness.
Forgiveness and mercy when my actions call for judgment and accountability.
Patience when I fail.
The fact is that I often forget what has happened in the past so my hope for the future slides. I look back to the recent past and I see friends going the extra mile to spend time together. I also see invitations to be a part of real life and living,
opportunities to walk together, and a better view of God because of those around me.
“Sinners are always wanting what they don’t have; the God-loyal are always giving what they do have.” (Proverbs 21.26)
Are my steps today going to be forward or backwards?