1 John 1:8-10 New International Version
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
So, I’m cooking dinner and I start complaining to myself because my cabinets are to high and I need to get a stool in order to reach my spices. Then, it’s like the light went on and I’m like, “how selfish of me! I am so grateful to have spices in my cabinet and I am grateful to have this stool”.
God has really blessed my life and I complain about a little inconvenience?
He has healed my heart in many ways. He has shown me deep love. He has given me good friends and provided financially. I am truly blessed and taken care of. And yet, I am complaining about having to use a stool to get my spices when so many in our world are going without.
I am part of the problem. I am sitting here blaming the way our country is going on things like the civil unrest and the President, like I don’t have a part in the condition of our world.
I consider myself a pretty decent human being. I truly let God work in my heart. I let him point things out, I recognize them and practice not doing them any longer. Yet, he has to point things out, why? Because I am not perfect no matter how much someone might think I am.
I have fallen really far off track at times but I come back.
None of us are good, we all have faults, we just have to be willing to see it and admit it. God shows us these things, not because he wants to shame us but instead wants to set us free.
If I work on this issue, I will find freedom from things like frustration because the world isn’t going my way. I mean if I stop myself from complaining and see the blessings around me more, is that a bad thing? I think not! (: Will it grow me into a better version of myself? Yes!
Selfishness is a characteristic of the enemy and I don’t want to be like him. I believe God will come back soon if our country doesn’t turn-around and that begins IN us. But how many are willing to change? How many are willing to stand up and address the issues?
To the world, love is never causing someone to hurt by pointing out the truth but in reality all we are doing is hurting each other acting like none of us have sin in us, deceiving each other.
If someone had pointed out to you that you were complaining for no reason, would you have taken it well?
We all have two choices. We can get defensive and close off that conversation or we can consider what they are saying. The decision is up to us. Our growth is up to us. God will point things out but are we being open to seeing them? Or do we just want to keep making ourselves “feel” better on the surface while we are falling apart inside?