Tuesday, March 29, 2005
  No Whining

We bought a "No Whining" magnet last night as a reminder to our daughter to watch her whining. She four (almost five) and is fluent in "whinese".

Last week I could have used these. I was whining to God, myself, and anyone else who would listen about how crappy my life was. I had fallen back onto some bad habits which I blamed on my circumstances. It wasn't good enough that I was getting some good transportation for free, I wanted it to be newer. It wasn't good enough that I was getting a cool little house, it wasn't big enough. I think you get the picture.

When my daughter whines, it's usually because she feels like we aren't listening or that life isn't fair. When I whine to God it's usually for the same reason. I felt like he wasn't listening to me. In fact, I even went so far as to tell some guys who prayed for me that I didn't think it would do any good, but that they could go ahead (nice of me to give them permission, huh?).

Well needless to say, they did and it did and I am feeling much better. I hereby resolve to at least watch my whining, but as my daughter said when my wife explained what the magnet said, "But it's hard not to whine." So I am enlisting all of you laddies and lassies out there in Internetland to help me with this. It's okay to voice my opinion, to be sad, to be angry, to be frustrated, but it isn't okay to whine. My friends, family, and God will all listen to my woes and love me, but this job is made much easier if I watch my whining.

Well I remember readin You're the God who never sleeps
And while I've been dreamin' You've been singing over me, yeah
Singin' about my freedom, wakin' me up to hear Your song,
And now I cant dance hard enough
Cause yesterday is gone, gone, gone!
- Chris Rice

Deuteronomy 2:7
The LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast desert. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.
- Moses
Great thought!!!!!!!!

I need to take heed also...
'cause I'm a great whiner.

It runs in families, you know?

Love Ya!
We are all God's ten year-olds.
Buddy, I couldn't agree more. It seems often in my life enough that when I pray it's because I've fallen so down the ladder that I have to either ask for strength or ask for forgivness on something that is bothering me. It's not often enough that I pray to say thanks and to give up worship. I think this ties in to the whinning thing. I can whine enough all day, and to anybody that will put up with listening to it, but in the end it's only going to be me that makes me happy.
This was a hard thing to accept, but after reading this, it's nice to know there are people out there, people like me, who are having problems like I am. And Scott, if I won the lottery tomorrow, you'd have that bigger house and newer transportation. I'd get you a Harrier Jet with childseats... ;-)
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