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"What we complain about reveals what really matters to us."

A thought by Kyle Idleman, (2013-02-19) from his book, Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart (Kindle Location 397). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
Kyle goes on to say, “Whining shows what has power over us. Whining, in many ways, is the opposite of worshiping the Lord. Worship is when we glorify God for who he is and acknowledge what he has done for us, but whining is ignoring who God is and forgetting what he has done for us.”
That is so true.We want comfort don’t we and when we don’t get it we really complain.Comfort can become an idle for us.Maybe God doesn’t want us to be comfortable.Maybe He has something for us that we are to do.
I was tempted to go to a Starbucks this morning that was just down the block from where we live.I usually take the bus to a Starbucks that is a couple of miles away then I walk home after I’m done.I usually have to stand out waiting on the bus to come, then when I get there I usually sit outside.Sometimes it is cold out there but then I …

"Disproportionate disappointment reveals that we have placed intense hope and longing in something other than God."

A thought by Kyle Idleman, (2013-02-19) from his book, Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart (Kindle Location 387). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
That makes sense doesn’t?Not comforting sense but challenging, honest introspective sense.It is too easy to put our intense hope and longing in the wrong things.
Kyle continues, “So if you were to identify your greatest disappointments, where would you point? The realm of career? The lives of your children? Your marriage or your sex life? Erwin Lutzer writes, ‘Have you ever thought that our disappointments are God’s way of reminding us that there are idols in our lives that must be dealt with?’”
I have been looking at some of the disappointments that I have had as a retired pastor.I mean there was so much more that I wanted to do and therein is my problem, that I wanted to do.God has been so good to me.I didn’t deserve the opportunities that I have had and that I today have.He is so gracious.Of course there were mistakes and…