I got mildly annoyed the other day when I went through a drive-thru at a local restaurant. It took almost 4 minutes for me to get my soft drink, and mine was the only car there.
Waiting 4 minutes for a soda is enough to get anyone irritated, or at least that’s what I told myself.
I have air conditioning in my office and in my car, but it’s been so hot lately that I can work up a pretty good sweat just walking from one to the other. Why does it have to be so ridiculously hot this time of year? And why don’t they make vehicles that get the temperature down to a tolerable level in less than 10 minutes?
When I go to Africa each year I usually make a few commitments to myself and to God, and they often have something to do with what Paul writes in the text below.
Maybe I’m not alone in this struggle.
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content (1 Timothy 6:6-8).
We held a Vacation Bible School this year on our trip to Africa, and during class on the last day one of the helpers accidentally dropped a cookie on the ground during snack time. About 20 kids dove to the ground to try to get the cookie, and we never really got control of the class after that.
By the way, I tasted one of those cookies, and it would be the last one picked on our VBS snack tables here, if it was picked at all.
Whenever I go to a poor country, I’m reminded of how sinful it is to complain about so many of the things that bother us.
Complaining about not getting a soda quickly enough when 800 million people in the world don’t have access to safe drinking water?
Griping about air conditioning when 2.5 billion people in the global south are living off $2 a day or less?
It’s just not right. It reflects a spirit of ingratitude that’s inconsistent with being God’s child.
Would you make a commitment with me today?
Let’s stop complaining.
If we won’t struggle to get enough calories to sustain our lives today.
If we’ve got some kind of clothing to wear.
If we’ve got enough safe drinking water to keep us hydrated.
God has given us all that and so much more, so let’s thank him and be content.