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Stop Complaining! Posted 8.08.2014

The summer is wrapping up.  I’ve seen on Facebook that some families are already back in school.  Really?  Here on the Hill, there are just a couple of weeks until the traffic returns and the mini-van reigns supreme on our roads again.  It seems like graduation was just last week, and here we are contemplating a return to the routine of school.  In my stage of life, that means it is time to cough up school fees and tuition.  Again.


But I really don’t have anything to complain about.


Last Sunday I was up in Mammoth.  The weather was awful.  Not sure I ever knew they had bad weather up there.  Rain a couple of days (I actually enjoyed that).  And then smoke.  There were some fires on the other side of the mountains the sent their smoke our way every day after the rain stopped.  Had to wash all the clothes we packed for the trip – we came hope smelling like a campfire.  I didn’t know it at the time, but whew – even my files for Bombo smelled awful for a few days.


But I really don’t have anything to complain about.


This week I have been doing some surfing on the web, looking into the issues in the Middle East. The violence this summer has been tough to follow.  I just saw a report that up to 40,000 Iraqi could lose their lives this week because they don’t follow the same religion as the invading hoards of Isis. That’s barbaric.

I don’t have anything to complain about.


I went to the mountains to relax.  Sleep.  Fish.  Hike.  I came back the fishing king, once again by the way.  The rules of the fishing competition are quite clear – without a scale, quantity trumps quality.  So, I won.  But there are 40,000 people up in the mountains of northern Iraq – not for a vacation, but to preserve their lives.  And they may not be very successful in that attempt.


I don’t have anything to complain about.


I watched a video uploaded by a Jerusalem newspaper of a female member of the Iraqi parliament from that northern region pleading with the government to do something to rescue her family.  I don’t think even with all our social media that we can know what’s really going on in these hidden corners of the planet.  But our God sure knows.  And He cares.


This week, pray for peace.  That life might be spared; not just for the sparing of life itself, but so that we may carry the torch of Truth into a segment of the world so dark and separate from God.  The storm clouds have gathered.  Pray for our President.  May we bow our knee humbly for God and plead for our world in turmoil.  And may we be able to travel freely around the globe to share the Good News that Jesus has come to heal all our sin and solve all our issues of pride and anger.  We have the only hope.  Believe it.  Live it.


And then realize that we don’t have anything to complain about.  Not one thing.

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