November 27, 2019

Shannon has been ill for over a week. In fact, I didn’t know her voice could drop that many octaves. It’s like sleeping next to Darth Vader. Every night I expect to hear a deep voice out of the darkness, “Luke, I am your father.” It’s not only her voice, but her breathing also sounds like something out of a Star Wars movie.

The interesting thing is that even though she has felt miserable, she doesn’t complain. I, on the other hand, would have been dialing 911 to bring me a cup of water and fluff my pillow. That’s the difference. Shannon doesn’t complain. I complain, whine, and moan about everything.

The holidays are now upon us. That means as our schedules shift into overdrive and there’s not enough time, money, or patience to see us through, many of us will find reasons to complain. Don’t do it.

Paul said, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.” (Philippians 2:14-16)

There will be times when life is inconvenient, but Christians are able to see the big picture. No matter what we endure at this moment, in the end, we go to heaven. That’s what really matters.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in those moments when I am tempted to complain and feel sorry for myself, remind me of your love and Jesus’ sacrifice. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

There will always be a reason to complain. It’s not worth it.

Shannon and I pray your Thanksgiving is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins