The other day I decided to take the kids to the splash park in our neighborhood for some fun. I had a ton of things to do that day, but I also want my kids to enjoy their summer. So I put off what I needed to do, packed a picnic lunch, grabbed a few bucks for a frosty on the way back home, and headed out to the splash park. Looking at the clock, I figured we would have about three hours of water and fun.
We get there and start out by applying thick layers of sunscreen then eat our lunch. After cleaning up our mess, I sat back in my chair with a book and hopes of a tan and the kids headed off to the fountains.
It only took ten minutes. That's it! Ten minutes until the complaining began.
The water is too cold!
I want to do something else!
The bugs are bothering me!
The sun is too bright!
The sunscreen got in my eyes!
I kept giving the mommy answer. It's okay, just go have some fun. After about thirty minutes of non-stop complaining, I was so done! In a huff I packed up my stuff and said "let's go now!" And wouldn't you know it, through all of the complaining, they didn't want to leave. Well, we left anyway. Drove the short distance home and sent everyone to their rooms while I went back to my laundry mountain.
As I stomped and huffed around my house complaining about my ungrateful kids, God spoke to me. How many times has He blessed me with something and I complained. It isn't good enough. But I want that talent. But we need more money. Complain, complain, complain!
I put everything aside for my kids to have fun and all they did was complain that it wasn't good enough. God blesses us with what He wants us to have, and we complain that it is not good enough. I can just imagine God stomping around and grumbling about ungrateful Jenifer.
I want to learn to be grateful to God for everything. He knows my needs and my desires and He gives to me as He sees fit. He knows what is best for me far better than I ever will. I may think I need a hundred dollars but He if gives me ten, I should praise Him for it, not grumble that it just isn't enough. Will you have a heart that grumbles or is thankful?
P.S. Once God calmed me down, this was a great teaching opportunity for my kids! (smiles)