No grumbling.

“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” Philippians 2:14-15 

I have Miles on the mind this week.  I was thinking back to when he was only a little tyke, possibly 10 months old and I was blessed to have been able to watch him for a few hours.  It struck me that while watching him on the floor, enjoying, complaining, enjoying, complaining; how, well he takes after me; and possibly some of you who are reading this as well. 

Aren’t we all just natural complainers?  It is in our genes, our sinful genes.  Our Triune God gives us everything that we truly need to exist; food, shelter, clothing and family.  He takes care of us each and every day but we still find time to complain about something.  When I had a job I would find something to complain about my work.  Children complain about their parents, husbands complain about their wives and wives about their husbands.  People in the pews complain about their pastors and politicians; they complain about everything.  From the Old Testament to the New Testament to today, man has always found something to complain about. 

My grandson wanted me to hold him, put him down, hold him, put him down, hold him and I wanted to shout at him “Miles, what do you want?” but of course all he heard me say was “blah, blah, blah.”  Miles in not a perfect grandchild because I am not a perfect grandfather and his parents are not perfect parents either; but Our Heavenly Father loves us just the way we are.  He does not always give us what we may want but rather gives us what we need.  

The children in the attached photo are from Cap Haitian and they are getting their Trinity/HOPE lunch.  They don’t need pizza, chicken nuggets, corn on the cob or hamburgers; they need food.  This meal will provide them with all the nutritional elements that their young bodies need; their teachers provide them with a message of Hope of their risen Savior and a Heavenly Father who loves them and continues to provide for them. 

Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen. 

May God be with you…Jay