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
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.