Thursday, March 26, 2009

Grumbly hateful, or humbly grateful???

Okay... I'm at school and I should be grading, but I really need to take a moment in an attempt to turn my day around. Things with our move aren't going quite as planned (obstinate sellers, delayed closings, packed clothing :), etc., etc.) and I've been in a crummy mood all morning because of it (starting off with a 5:15 am "not so nice" email... literally the first thing I did when I woke up).

Anyway, just as I'm going along in my nice little funk for the day, grumbling about all of my little gripes, I get an email about a concept called "Thankful Thursday" and how although we should be thankful ALL the time, we often forget to be and so we should make a point on Thursdays to remember and be thankful for our blessings. So here it goes...

1) Health - a blessing that I take for granted on a daily basis
2) Family - Luke and all of his monkeyness, Dave in all of his "Daveness" and my parents and all of their amazing helpfulness and love (I guess you really never stop being a parent... hehehe)
3) Work - That I get to be part of a ministry and impact students lives each and every day (and that I get to do it while factoring polynomials and other fun stuff like that!)
4) Church - I'm thankful that we're plugged into a church that's more concerned with reaching people than with the status quo and for the friends that we've made in doing so
5) Home - That despite our moving drama we have a safe haven of our own
6) Salvation - That although I'm hosting a big 'ol pity party for myself (and probably have not been as kind or patient as I could have been), God loves me regardless

Funny how "out of wack" and "out of perspective" things can become really quickly when I'm focused on my gripes and not my blessings.

Whenever I get like this, I'm reminded of a church musical that I was part of in the 4th or 5th grade where we sang this one song with the line, "Are you grumbly hateful, or humbly grateful? What's your attitude? Do you grumble and grown? Or let it be known, you're grateful for all God's done for you?" I literally can't remember much else about the experience, or even which musical it was, but this one line (along with the tune) has been burned into my memory. So, today I'm going to make a point to be humbly grateful... thanks for letting me vent! :)

1 comment:

  1. The musical was "Back at the the Creekbank" and you (and Mark) were awesome in it as I recall !!I believe you even sang a solo? Remember all the 12' backdrops that I painted for it in our garage - the forest scene, the river bankscene, the thunder storm scene. Remember the blue cellophane that we rolled out all the way down the church center aisle that was supposed to be the river and then the big plastic playpool on the stage where everyone fished .... that musical was so much fun - I remember it like it were yesterday - did you say 4th grade?? - my that was a LONG time ago:) Yes indeed it is better to be "humbly grateful" than "grumbly hateful" - this house stuff will all work out once your buyer gets his paperwork in order. I love you in all of your "Andreaness" - hang in there.
    Love,
    Mom

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