You might be wondering what I needed to be scolded about. Well, it was about a complaining heart and spirit. Six weeks ago we moved into an amazing house. I love this old house. It's cool. It's very eclectic and interesting. But it is in need of some decorative changes. We have been doing some major work in the kitchen and I haven't been able to unpack my boxes yet. I have been living out of a little make-shift kitchen in my mud room. Six weeks ago, this was an adventure.....now.....not so much.
During my quiet time, I was reading my Voice of the Martyrs magazine. It was all about the country of Sudan and what Christians are experiencing there. Persecution. Hardship. Prison. Hunger. Threat of murder. The pictures and stories were tough to see and read. As I finished reading and praying for these precious brothers and sisters in Christ it happened....my scolding.
God reminded me of a few recent conversations. In them I had said things like, "I'm so done with this remodel. It's beginning to affect my life. I'm not so sure how much longer I can take living out of a make-shift kitchen." As I sat there with these reminders, I felt ashamed of myself. I could imagine the woman in one of the pictures in the magazine, who is living in a make-shift house, made of sticks and tarp, and the landscape is a refugee camp asking..."what is she complaining about....her place looks like heaven!"
What in the world do I have to complain about? So what if my kitchen is torn apart and boxes are everywhere. So what! Does it really matter? No! All my response should be to my life right now is "Thank You Lord for this amazing, fun house You have blessed us with!" Period. Finito. That's all folks.
After a time of repentance and getting my mind and heart right with the Lord, I determined my whole entire attitude would change. Life actually is easier now. I feel lighter and happier. Nothing has changed as far as my circumstances.....things are still a mess....but my heart is content. My Scripture this week to put to memory is I Thessalonians 5:16-18...
"Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (NIV)
Please learn from my mistake and let your heart be full of contentment and gratefulness today....no matter what you are going through, God is still in control and He is still good and worthy of praise!