Turning My Complaints to Praise
by Phil Martin
What things should I do when I have weeks like this. You know? The weeks you are never home and each day is filled from the time you wake up until the second you decide to go to bed. Imagine that while fighting an infection and sickness at the the same time. The last couple of weeks has been more emotionally and physically taxing in the ten months we have been here. Church preparations and modifications are in full swing. We are all trying to maintain the same responsibilities as before, but all I want is a pity party for myself. Working hard is a great thing and tapping out is not an option, but neither is complaining. So how do I get off my soapbox and get my thoughts to glorify God?
In the book of Isaiah, I found helpful reasons to fight for joy.
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
and as a bride adorns herself with jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its sprout,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up
so the LORD God will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up before all the nations.”
In the midst of this, as long as I consider what God has done and as long as life is happening, I know God is working. I am thankful for the church in Taiwan. There is plenty of praise that is sprouting from Taiwan. God has clothed me and is clothing many with the garments of his salvation. Let us praise him together.