Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Attitude Adjustment Courtesy of GOD and Smile FM

Monday I stayed late at work to call Bingo, because my regular volunteer was unable to make it.
Three times during Bingo my phone rang. (Fortunately, most of the residents don't hear very well, so it didn't bother any of them. *wink*) But it bothered me. I was wondering what was so important that whoever was calling had to KEEP calling. Eventually, the caller left a voice mail message.

When Bingo ended I gathered my things together and began to head for home, laughing with one of the lady residents about how I wasn't really finished working for the day. I was simply finished getting paid to work. Ha! Had to run an errand before I went home to make dinner and do my evening errands.
Walking through the parking lot, I had a chance to listen to that voice mail. It was Elizabeth, wondering if her friend could stay for dinner. Oh, and could I stop and pick up another of her friends and bring him home for dinner, too?
I let out a self-pity, why-do-I-have-to-do-more-work sigh, then called Elizabeth and told her that would be ok. IF her friend was willing to ride along with me to run the errand. Because I wasn't going to back-track to pick him up afterwards.
But, before I went to pick him up, I needed to stop at the store. Two additional teen-age stomachs at the dinner table meant I needed to get more food.
While I was on my way to the grocery store, Joshua texted me and asked me to pick up some crickets from the pet store for his hungry praying mantis.
SERIOUSLY??? Another stop to make? Another thing to do? Another need someone has for me to fulfill??? *ugh!*
But the grocery store is right across the street from the pet store. I really had no reason why I couldn't do it. I was just tired and full of self-pity.
So I went in and got the crickets.
But my attitude was sour.

As I got back into the van and was on my way to pick up Elizabeth's friend, Live Like That came on the radio and I was reminded of the way I want to live. Reflecting the love of Jesus, not my own selfish bent. And I thanked God for opening my eyes to my attitude before I spilled it on Elizabeth's friend.
Moments later I heard This is the Stuff and was reminded how easily I let small inconveniences weigh too heavily, causing me to miss my blessings. And, again, I thanked God for setting me straight.

No one, and I mean no one will ever be able to convince me God isn't the one behind the song line-up at the radio station. *grin*



Patricia/NYC said...

Love it when He sends us messages like that!

Hope you are enjoying your summer, my friend! I apologize for being somewhat absent here, but with our renovations & not being home my routines are so off!, you'll be "seeing me" around here more regularly soon!

Irritable Mother said...

Patricia - It will be good to see you. I've missed you! ((hugs))

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

I've had that happen and it makes me just stop and say 'Wow!!' it is always a blessing when we actually listen to God's proddings and promptings.

Irritable Mother said...

Leah - Yes. Makes me wonder, though, how many times we miss His proddings and promptings because we're too focused elsewhere.