I don’t know about you or you or you, but this little gal grumbles. A lot. Way more than I ought.
I don’t grumble about what I have or don’t have. I grumble about the daily doings of life. I grumble about pain. I grumble about sleep or lack thereof. I grumble about arguing children.
I just grumble.
And you know what my grumbling has done?
It’s taught my kids to grumble. Grumble. Grumble. Grumble.
Complain about this.
Complain about that.
Now? How do I teach my children to go without complaining and grumbling about their lives if I can’t even control my own grumbling and complaining.
Well, I guess I can’t because, as every parenting class, book, magazine, and the Bible says, children learn from their parents example.
Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength. Take to heart these words which I command you today. Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them on your arm as a sign[b] and let them be as a pendant on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates. – Deuteronomy 6:4-9
As parents, we must be the shining example for our children. If not, how shall they learn? Do we want them learning about life and the world from the world or from God?
Every teaching in a child’s life begins in the home.
I want my husband and I to be their first teachers, the first people they trust. I want God to be their leader.
So it starts with me. It starts with my husband.
Therefore, I have been on a mission to way-lay some of my grumbling.
So maybe, all of my grumbling needs to be halted. To start, I will daily remind myself of the following Bible verse:
Do all things without grumbling or disputing…… – Philippians 2:14
Don’t let even one rotten word seep out of your mouths. Instead, offer only fresh words that build others up when they need it most. That way your good words will communicate grace to those who hear them. – Ephesians 4:29
Which brings me to my point about grumbling.
My 5 y/o daughter recently had surgery to insert tubes in both ears as well as remove adenoids and tonsils. We were in the hospital on surgery day for about four hours to prep, to do the surgery, and to be in recovery for a couple of hours. Afterwards, she was released to go home for ten days of recovery on a soft food diet. She is home with me for the ten days. Today marks her second day after surgery.
Now, for the lesson:
She is one tough cookie.
My girl is definitely not a complainer. She hasn’t complained once.
About being hungry – even though she’s barely eating anything!
Did I say about pain?
She’s not complaining.
We could all learn a lesson from my girl about not complaining.