In the midst of trying to get the first draft of the novel done this week, I’m going to repost something from four years ago. I was reading through some older blog posts and thought, as I faced all kinds of things I know won’t get done because of attempting to get this first draft done, that this was put in front of me to remind me that our lessons come from many different directions.
So, no complaining today, just taking things one step at a time.
That’s what I told myself as I looked out the window at another cloudy, damp day. Specifically because this area is in near drought condition and it finally rained off and on all day yesterday, rained a little today, might rain some more over the next four days.
Not going to complain about a lot of things. Mostly because it is counter productive, and because it just means I’m making comparisons and that is something not particularly pleasing to my Lord.
In fact, instead of complaining, I’ll rejoice. Listened earlier to a study on the power of the tongue and decided way too much complaining goes on, even when I don’t always recognize it as such, so now it’s time to do as we are instructed.
“Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things.”– Philippians 4:8
Learned a lesson the other day about giving up. Or I should say I learned another lesson about giving up. You know, you think you’ve finally got it, and wham something happens and you realize that there’s still more residue of that filthy rag deep down inside to be submitted to God for cleansing.
Giving up on unrealistic dreams held onto for years and are accomplishing nothing but creating hindrances. Ouch.
Giving up on a direction that is not bad, but in painful, honest moments you know deep down that it is not the best direction to focus on.
To give up some of the things you have created when called upon to do so. Because the joy in the creation should be enough. Holding on for the wrong reasons speaks of pride, and greed, and even fear; things that become stumbling stones.
So, for today, and prayerfully for every day, I choose to give up complaining, and instead choose pure thoughts and praise.
A few ramblings from the rocking chair. Blessings. – Vicki