Since Sunday my 18 month old daughter has not been her sweet and happy self. I thought the fact that she has six or seven new teeth coming in might have something to do with it, but yesterday afternoon I felt I needed to take her to after hours to make sure it wasn’t something else. Turns out she has a double ear infection.
2 hours in after care was not really how I was planning on spending my evening. Prescriptions and co-pays were not really how I wanted to spend seventy-five dollars. I was very, very tempted to complain. Josh was at home with Gus and I was about to text “this stinks!’ to him, but I remembered earlier that day when I asked Gus not to complain about waiting in line at the post office. “Remember what the Bible says? Do everything without arguing or complaining.” I could hear myself saying that to him. So I held my tongue.. or my finger I guess since I was going to text my complaint, and I decided instead of griping I would try to think of all the things I had to be thankful for about the current situation I was in.
My perspective totally changed. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I realized my situation wasn’t really bad at all.
The verse about doing everything without arguing and complaining I asked Gus to remember is found in Philippians 2:14, the next verse says
That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish.. (amp)
The opposite of complaining is being thankful. When we have a thankful spirit we show others that we are true children of God. I LOVE how the Message says it. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. When you are tempted to complain and you look for ways to be thankful instead, you provide people with a glimpse of good living and of your living God!
My list starts with all of the things I thought of to be thankful for last night while we were waiting to see the doctor.
- Care Now lets you check in online so I got to spend an hour waiting in the comfort of my home instead of in the waiting room. If not for that we would have been there for 3 hours instead of 2.
- We had the finances to pay the co-pay and the prescriptions.
- I only live 5 minutes away from the clinic.
- YouTube. Me and Beau watched hours of Winnie The Pooh together while we were waiting!
- What Beau was being treated for was not a serious or life threatening illness.
- I only had to wait 5 minutes for the prescription to be filled at Walgreens
- Josh could stay home with Gus.
- After the appointment we got to come home and put Beau to sleep in her own little crib. There are lots of children sleeping in hospital beds.
- The nurse was so sweet with Beau and kept telling me how pretty she was.
- That we have a chance to show people a glimpse of God when we do everything without complaining.
- Some serious cuddling occurred last night.
- Pastor Jared & Ali had their sweet little girl this morning!
- Got my hair did.
- Josh watched Beau this morning while I was at my hair appointment.
- I got to read a good amount of “Praying Circles Around Your Children” So far, SO SO good!
- My mom sent Gus a book she made about him and his puppy Norah. He thought it was so neat!
- Really good home made chicken pot pie for dinner.
- The message my sister Mindy sent me. She has the gift of encouragement!
- My sister-in-law Tosha blogged about how a post from my blog helped her have a wonderful Wednesday.
- Date night at home!
- Joyce Meyer’s tweet today, “Complaining is sin, and it opens a door for the devil.”
- Gus had a great day at pre-school!
- Gus telling us all about his 5 senses and the spanish names for all the colors at dinner. Glad to see he’s absorbing so much!
- 10 years ago today my sweet niece Olivia was born! I got to see her and hold her that day with all of her pretty brown hair.
- Olivia got to celebrate her 10th birthday in California!
- I’m all caught up on laundry… but I didn’t have anything to do with it. Best. Husband. Ever.
- The sweet notes from my sweet in-laws.
- Baseball game in the backyard with Gus and Dida.