Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Complaining about complaining

Approximately one week ago, I wrote a post about how last Saturday was the best day I've had in a long time. I think God was stocking me up on the good so I wouldn't get quite so down about the bad. THIS Friday and Saturday were the WORST I've had in a loooooooooong time. I mean, a LONG time. Friday, I got "let go" from my cleaning job. Not a huge deal, but I've worked there for 5 years and they told me through an e-mail. Really?!? I thought I was worth more than that to them, but I guess not. Stinks to see the money go, but that's okay. I got over it and trusted that God would provide.

But then about one hour after I was informed of that, I found out that the drive shaft in my Jeep needs replaced and is going to cost $700. Big bummer. But wait!! We bought a warranty from a skeezy car salesman who sold us that crappy Jeep in the first place. So we try to find out if our "Golden guarentee" bumper-to-bumper warranty covers that. And of COURSE it doesn't!!! Why would it?!? Why would a warranty cover something that's extremely expensive? They only cover things like your gas cap getting a scratch in it or your winshield wiper not wiping correctly--you know, things people can actually afford to get fixed!!

It gets better. My husband, being the kind guy he is, helps our neighbor with two kids in the car round up her cows that got out........and popped an EXTREMELY expensive tire! For some reason, he feels he has to buy tires in pairs and not just replace the ONE that's ruined. That's $600 folks. Rediculous? Absolutely. Frustrating? Extremely!

There's more. Saturday, we were garage saleing (STILL not sure how to spell that) again in Towanda. Tommy got to watch his first parade--or rather some trucks driving down a road :). So we hit this one KILLER garage sale! I found a wicker hamper for my bathroom that I was TOTALLY putting off buying new because they're so expensive. I lugged my hamper out to my Jeep and went to start the car. And heard nothing but clicking. Super!! My battery was dead!! So I bought a new one.

Let's just say I had an extremely expensive weekend. LOST $400 a month, spent/spending $1300 on car repairs (who's with me on going back to horse and wagon?!?) and just overall had a craptastic time!

And then I went to church. Sigh. WHY does God always lecture me through the pastor?! A lot of times, I don't get to fully pay attention because I'm holding my squirmy wormy or making a bottle or finding a paci. But Sunday, my mom took him downstairs because he was being crazy and I got to focus my whole attention on the sermon. Which is EXACTLY what God wanted me to do. Pastor Chris preached about not finding joy in complaining. Something I hadn't really thought about before, but realized that I DO!! I do find joy in complaining. I feel so much better when I'm telling someone about all the junk I've been through. Which, don't get me wrong, I think it's okay to share your burdens with somebody and then feel better because your load is lifted, but that's not what I was doing. I was complaining to complain and to get other people to feel bad with me. I don't know why. But that is SO not what God wants from us. He reiterated that we shouldn't wallow in the bad, but we should pick ourselves up and just get over it. Work through it. LOOK for the good because there ALWAYS is good somewhere in every situation.

One day before my cleaning job let me go, my husband got a promotion! His yearly salary is increasing more than the amount that I would be making yearly by cleaning. So I get two more nights at home with my family and we won't be any worse for the wear.

When Nick popped his tire, he met the neighbors that we've been talking about meeting for 2 years. He's forming a relationship.

You'll never guess where my battery died. Right by the Towanda grade school.....which is right by the Interstate Batteries store. And you'll never guess who owns Interstate Batteries in Towanda. A family my mom cleans for and that I have gone to church with for years. He changed my battery in less than 5 minutes and only charged me $40 for the new battery and the service.

God is awesome if you let Him be. Sometimes even when you're not at ALL deserving of His greatness, He steps in anyways. Just to show you that no matter what you do, even if you're complaining about complaining, He WILL show up. He will NOT let you fall any further than your knees. He DOES provide.

Matthew 10: 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; YOU are worth more than many sparrows.

1 comment:

thehighbargers said...

Love this Brady! We all love to complain about complaining instead of looking for the good in things!