It was as if a sledgehammer smacked me right between the eyes.
Yes, the truth I took away from this week’s lesson in my Bible study was as if God placed it right there for me. For this very moment in my life. To jump off the pages and hit me in the face. To cause me to take a hard look at my thinking, my attitude, and my–oh, I don’t even like this word…
In the book of Numbers, nonetheless!
After all God had done for the Israelites, all they could do was complain.
Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. Numbers 11:1
After all God has done for me, I have found myself following the Israelites’ example. And I didn’t even recognize it.
Until the sledgehammer.
It hasn’t been a full-blown, non-stop time of complaining, but a few subtle rumblings here and there… to the point my husband noticed.
Sure, I could blame it on a handful negative sources who pass through my life on any given day. Or I could even blame it on my past, and the negative circumstances I’ve encountered on my journey. But the thing is, complaining never had a place in my life before. I am accustomed to seeing the good, not the bad.
So what’s happened?
Maybe I’ve let my guard down. Maybe I quit working on staying positive. Maybe I’ve taken my eyes off the blessings–and the One who gives them. Maybe I’ve let gratefulness take a back seat.
When we are filled with gratefulness, there is no room for grumbling.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Philippians 4:8
If I may ask, what is your mind filled with? Are your thoughts set on true, reputable, gracious things? Are you thinking of the best, not the worst? Are your words positive, uplifting, encouraging? Are you grateful?
Today was a better day. I didn’t let anything negative come out of my mouth. Nothing. And let me tell you, it was hard. I had to consciously work at thinking and talking positively.
I focused on the best, not the worst.
I plan to do the same tomorrow. Will you join me?
May God be glorified in our thoughts and in our words!
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