As I gave the house a good cleaning today, I got angrier and angrier. It became more obvious as I went along that no one is helping me keep the house in order. All of our household rules about picking up after ourselves are routinely ignored, which puts a huge demand on me unnecessarily.
As T. D. Jakes said when we were at church yesterday, anger is a good thing, as long as you let it go before the sun goes down. And in this case, I believe today was a last straw in a good way. I refuse to go through this aggravation again. But I’m the one that will make this happen by enforcing the rules every hour of every day.
“Are you finished with that? Put it back where it belongs.” So simple!
When I was feeling sorry for myself in the midst of my anger, I thought about how often I fail to truly appreciate God. Every day He gives me life, breath, and a heart that’s filled with the joy of loving. He also meets all of my needs without fail all the time. How do I thank Him? One thing for sure, complaining is no way to show gratitude to God.
Did you know that it was complaining that kept God’s original human family from entering into their place of overflowing promise? All God wanted was for them to remember that He delivered them from bondage and He would meet all of their needs as they followed Him on the path He laid out for them. The end of the trail was overwhelming success! So what’s to complain about there?
I’ve repented of my complaining, I’ve apologized for my grouchiness, and I’m excited about this new determination to follow up every day on keeping the house beautiful. But I’m still angry at myself for taking God for granted. What else should I do to make sure that I’m not taking advantage of God’s goodness and blessings?
Actually, I think I know how to express my appreciation for God. Take up my cross daily, forget about looking out for my own interests, and follow Jesus. Simple!
New King James Version (NKJV)
Take Up the Cross and Follow Him
23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,[a] and follow Me.