Monday, October 11, 2010
I've always been an optimist.
I've found my heart being pulled by cynicism in times when contentment should reign.
I don't want to be a grumbler...but often when I experience a single hardship or inconvenience, or my life feels less than easy, I'm quick to grumble.
I do not want to allow grumbling to become a part of who I am.
Because life can be genuinely hard. It's messy. In this world we will have trouble.
David, Job and Jeremiah saw trouble in their day. What did they do?
I've been reading Helpful Truths in Past Places by Mark Deckard. He gives a great comparison between the Grumbler and the Lamenter that I thought I would share with you.
I pray that on that day when real trouble comes I'm practiced in art of lamenting; That I wouldn't allow grumbling to be the catalyst which allows my suffering to be wasted. Grumbles are just empty words on the wind, but when I come to the Giver of all good things with my laments, I allow room for growth and strength, to the Glory of God.