Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Soap Box (cause that is where I am standing!)

When I step out our door in the afternoon, I know it is hot.

The children want to check the thermometer in our trusty 'ole van.

Everyone is saying, "IT'S HOT!"

But when I look at the numbers it is still cooler than what it was in Vnam this Spring.
It is much, much cooler then it was indoors of the churches and the training centers where we served and were served.

We complain about the heat and head into our air conditioned homes. While.....

my friend Lisa is sweating it out in Haiti right now along with 100s (if not 1000s) of other volunteers.

Hai and Quang are traveling Vnam hosting Bible Schools with enough children to represent the adults that would fill the seats on a Sunday morning.

a young mom receives chemotherapy.

youth leaders and camp staff are giving all of themselves to teach your children about missions and leading them in Bible Studies.

children in the US are going without lunch because there is no school.

children, around the world, are being treated as adults in too many ways.

Christians are being killed-willing to die for the cause of Christ.

military families are waiting and praying for their loved ones to return home.

my friend is driving an hour, one way, everyday, to a medical facility to be treated for depression.

women give up their homes and time with their own families, to live with, care for, and nurture orphans.

family members have lost track of what day it is as they pace hospital floors.

Nashville flood victims are still trying to put the pieces together.

all the while folks in my town are complaining about the heat and the WalMart remodel cause they can't find anything.



Melissa P. said...

LOVE your posts. They always give me something to reflect upon in my journey. Have you heard lately just how wonderful you are?

REAL Moms said...

We talked about how hot it was last night in REAL Moms and decided that in 6 months we will all be complaining that it's to cold. Oh, that we just think about how blessed we are.

Brenda said...

Right there with you Melanie! We've been discussing at home how fortunate we are to have what we do. What do we have to complain about? People in Haiti & elsewhere are starving & dying every minute. So sad that we are so spoiled!

tanya said...

I have been studying Philippians and told God, ok...I'm not leaving till I really get it! Don't know if I'll ever get out (lol) but man is He hammering it into me! "Do everything without complaining or arguing" Can't wait to tell you what He hammered into me from the face down pool incident.

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

AMEN to that!

zzzzzzzzz said...

I was just discussing this with my friend Maria. We did a yard sale yesterday, and yes is was hot, and yes I got physically sick. We were reflecting back to a couple of months ago at the Women of Joy conference and how we had been complaining about standing out in the cold. We aren't that different from God's children following Moses, are we?! Sad....

Rach said...

SO true! I think it is very sad that instead of being content and filled with joy to be alive and serve our God we are ALWAYS finding something to complain about. I have noticed lately when having conversations that most people will say more negative than postive comments. Most of those negative ones are about how they don't like what so and so is doing and they would do a better job. WELL, do it!!!!