I read a devotion the other day that spoke about not taking things for granted. It tells of a method of changing complaints into gracious comments by starting them out with three little words: “I get to…”
Instead of complaining about going to the grocery store and fighting the crowds you would say: “I get to go to the grocery store to buy food because I am able to afford it and provide endless food for my family.” Take a minute to stop and think about how your life would change if before you opened your mouth to complain, you did this. I believe it would be life altering.
I get to play referee with my kids because I was blessed enough to have two healthy children. I get to clean my house because I am lucky enough to have a home to call my own and that keeps me safe and warm. I get to do laundry because my family has an abundance of clothes to wear.
I’m not trying to say that I never complain, because I do. I am human and I often fall short of my expectations for myself. But I am also a work in progress. I am always striving to be better, do better, and be someone my kids can look up to.
”Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning... Anyone can start over and make a new ending. “ -Chico Xavier