“Forgive Me When I Whine”

Posted: November 16, 2013 in Christian Life, Compassion, Salvation, Success, Thanksgiving

He, the devil, would love for you to have a self pity party and get you feeling sorry for yourself.  After all, when someone hurts you, your ego gets damaged.  But before you get all bent out of shape and do something that you will later regret, read this poem.  Then let us know how you feel after you’ve read it.

“Today, upon a bus, I saw a lovely girl with golden hair, I envied her…she seemed so gay…and wished I were as fair. When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle; She had one leg and wore a crutch; But as she passed…a smile! Oh, God forgive me when I whine, I have two legs. The world is mine!

“I stopped to buy some candy. The lad who sold it had such charm. I talked with him. He seemed so glad. If I were late ‘twould do no harm. And as I left he said to me, ‘I thank you. You have been so kind. It’s nice to talk with folks like you. You see,’ he said, ‘I’m blind.’  Oh, God, forgive me when I whine, I have two eyes. The world is mine.

“Later, while walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes of blue. He stood and watched the others play. He did not know what to do. I stopped a moment, then I said, ‘Why don’t you join the others, dear?’ He looked ahead without a word, and then I knew he could not hear. Oh, God forgive me when I whine. I have two ears. The world is mine.

“With feet to take me where I’d go, with eyes to see the sunset’s glow, With ears to hear what I would know…Oh, God forgive me when I whine. I’m blessed indeed. The world is mine.” – Author Unknown

Pebble.  Believe it or not, many people all around the world have unbelievable challenges in life that are far more difficult to handle than our “pebble in the shoe” problem.  Sure, it’s not fun to have irritations in life.  But they are designed to develop (in those of us who claim to be Christians) a more Christ like life (James 1:2-4; Galatians 5:22, 23; 2 Corinthians 4:17).

Sandpaper.  Some people and situations are like sandpaper, chisels, hammers, or saws that God can use to shape us into the person He wants us to become.  How are you responding to the adversities in life?  Remember this – You still have the freedom to choose how you will respond to them.

Success.  According to Dr. Charles Stanley, “Success is the continuing achievement of becoming the person God wants you to be and accomplishing the goals God has helped you set.”  God is more concerned about who we are than in what we do.  Unless a person is rightly related to the true and living God, he/she won’t be doing things that are well pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9).  In fact, all man’s good deeds, done independently of God, are nothing more than stinking rags to God (Isaiah 64:6).

Good Works.  They cannot be offered up to God as payment for our deliverance from hell to heaven.  Our salvation is by grace alone, through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).  It is not of works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Once saved, we can/should do good works to demonstrate our faith to others (Ephesians 2:10; James 1:22; 2:18; 1 Peter 4:10).  Do you know how to discover what it is that He planned beforehand for you to do?

R.I.P.  Perhaps you’ve seen these letters on a tombstone.  They stand for “Rest In Peace.”  When I see them, I often wonder if that person is truly resting in peace.  Where will you go when you die?  The Scriptures give believers assurance of a home in heaven.

Good News.  “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.”  “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”  If you haven’t placed your faith in Him alone for your salvation, why not do so right now?

Help!  If you are not sure of your eternal destiny and need assurance from the Scriptures, contact me at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com.  To receive these articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”  Pass on to your friends the ones that bless you.

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