Mimi’s Mini Devotionals
At lunch this last Sunday little 5 year old Brynlee ask this question. “What is that word you say when you get angry because you are hungry?” A couple of you answered at once. “Hangery”
Because the wait at the restaurant was quite longer than usual it would have been easy for all of us to become “Hangery” and start whining, complaining or grumbling. But as we know that would not have helped matters or filled our empty stomachs any quicker.
God does not want his children to be grumblers, whiners, or complainers. Nor should we become “Hangery”. Instead, God wants us to be thankful for what we have at all times. When we complain or whine, we are saying to God that we deserve more and that He is not taking care of us. And we know that our God is good and He always takes care of us and gives us many blessings.
So how do you fix “HANGERY” or “CRANKERY”. Be “THANKERY”.
At the table on Sunday we talked about the beautiful lake view and the nice warm sunshine and several other things we were blessed with.
There was a story in the Bible about two fellows named Paul and Silas who loved and talked about Jesus all the time. These two had every reason to be “Hangery”. They had been thrown into a dark prison for doing nothing wrong. They were beaten, chained and probably not fed very well.
Instead of whining about “this is not fair”, or complaining “I am hurting and hungry” or grumbling about being in a place “they did not like” these two were singing and praising God.
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” – Acts 16:25
Everyone else in the jail cell especially the jailer, were amazed at these two fellows “attitude of gratitude. In fact they were so impressed, they and all their family decided to become followers of Jesus too.
“They (Paul and Silas) replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.” – Acts 16:31, 34
You see when others see how we act in difficult or hard times, when we choose not to whine, complain or grumble, they get a glimpse of Jesus in us. And they want Him, too. And that pleases God.
We have so much to be thankful for. And that is the secret to living in a “NO COMPLAIN” zone, always be giving THANKS. A person cannot complain and say thanks at the very same time.
“in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 THESSALONIANS 5:18
I pray that your week is going well, but if for some reason it has some rough spots, remember to find something to thank God for and the rough spot will smooth right out.
Mimi loves you to the moon and back. Send me a text this week and tell me about something you thanked God for.