Sometimes lessons for children truly comes into play in our own lives. I have experienced that for myself this week. In our growing church, a group of ladies take turns teaching the Sunday School. My lesson last Sunday was out of Exodus 15:22-27 and was talking about the Israelites grumbling and complaining after Moses lead them out of slavery in Egypt.
Let's be honest, we all can relate to this story at some point in our lives. We have all been tired and grumpy and have complained and whined about whatever was going on in our life. Our memory verse was Philippians 2:14: Do everything without complaining or arguing.
My lesson and the memory verse from this past Sunday has echoed in my head all week. Every time I have found myself feeling the need to complain, that lesson and memory verse has popped into my head. This has really made me focus on not complaining. I have done what I needed to do without complaining.
Last year I started reading, and really need to finish reading, Darlene Schacht's The Good Wife's Guide: Embracing Your Role as a Help Meet. She has a chapter entitled "What Will They Take Away?" where she discusses the fact that our children do watch our actions and behavior. She also discusses that we should keep our attitudes in check because our children are impressionable and provides examples of scriptures that she keeps around the house to remind her that even something as seemingly insignificant as doing the dishes can be done unto the Lord. I freely admit that I have repeatedly been more inclined to complain or whine that I needed help than just to do it. So last night, even though I had muscle spasms in my back after cooking dinner, I just did the dishes. After that was done while repeating the memory verse and reminding myself that God doesn't like it when I complain, I felt better. My kitchen was clean and I politely asked my husband if he could put some Deep Blue Rub on my back. I know I am a work in progress.