Ever have one of those days where everything annoys you? That was yesterday for me.. Oh it started off great.. Found a good parking spot at church, my daughter (who is the barista at the coffee shop) made my vanilla hazelnut latte just perfectly and brought with it a nicely toasted bagel.. I had a nice chat with one of my favorite people who can be counted on to spread absolute joy wherever he goes.. Then got to talk to P. Dave about a verse in Revelations that I was struggling with.. Worship was amazing and the sermon was the best I have heard so far.. Yeah, it was an awesome day.. Everything was perfect.. Then everything started going downhill..
I went to a meeting/luncheon for the church volunteers.. The food was awful, I had to tell my daughter and her friends to be quiet at least a dozen times.. The meeting wore on, the T-shirts we will be wearing are ugly, I will have to wear a name tag (something I have been arguing against for over a year)..
Then at home, my daughter decided that everything she said or did needed to be said or done with an attitude and my husband either didn't notice it or just chose to ignore it.. The chicken I made for dinner was terrible, the dogs were being obnoxious, and Rachel's cat mistook the bathtub for the litter box..
So at 9:00 I told my family (pets included) that I was sick of all of them and I went to bed..
This morning as I was brewing a cup of coffee I was reminded of a verse that had read recently.. I had read it a few times but didn't put much thought into it until this morning..
Do everything without complaining or arguing..
It's a good verse to teach your kids, but the same goes for adults too.. It was the word 'everything' that stood out to me.. It doesn't say 'almost everything' or 'most things' or 'some things'.. It says EVERYTHING..
The simple fact is this: The Bible says don't complain.. This isn't a little thing.. It was important enough to God to put it in the Bible, so that should be enough for us.. Like everything else, it's a choice.. We can choose to complain or not.. We can choose to hold on to our peace or not, and if we can't hold on to our own peace, Jesus gave us His..
John 14:27- "My peace I leave with you".
We are responsible for our actions. Blaming someone for making us angry is just stupid.. We decide whether we will be angry or not, we decide if we will complain and argue or not.. Us, no one else.. Absolutely no one can make you get angry.. You make that decision completely on your own.. I have heard it before, heck I have said it before: "If she didn't act that way" or "If he didn't say that" then "I wouldn't be angry".. Seriously? Blaming others for your inability to control your emotions is sort of lame don't you think?
But it takes self control.. It's easier for us to be lazy, blame others and just let our emotions get the better of us.. Easier, but wrong..
The way I see it, we have a choice to make; we can hold on to our peace, guard our tongues and consider it all joy.. Or we can choose to be disobedient.. This is something that I know I need to repent of.. It won't be easy and I might mess up now and again, but practice makes perfect right?