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Topic: FUSSY (11/17/16)
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By Lisa Hudson
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What would our world be like without those who complain? The first thought that came to my mind was ‘impossible’. Even Adam complained to God that the woman he had been given caused him to disobey God’s command to stay away from that tree. I don’t think a day goes by without me complaining about something, even if it stays inside my head and is never uttered out loud. I would love to see how long a toddler or small child could go without fussing about something. I conclude that my first thought was accurate. I believe a non-complaining world, as long as we humans inhabit it, is virtually impossible.
So what do we do? I suppose we could whine about how there is nothing that can be done, but that isn’t really a solution, is it? The only other option I can find is to look at the bright side of our discontent. I am happy to say I have discovered there is a bright side, and oddly enough, more than one!
If it weren’t for the whiners in this world, there would be no need for Hallmark, American Greetings, and the many other greeting card companies that make millions of dollars, for the sole purpose of helping us cheer up the fuss-budgets all around us. Thousands of people would be out of work, including the postman (or woman) who delivers these bits of good cheer.
I know what you’re thinking… The internet has all but destroyed the greeting card business, due to email and e-cards! But you know what? I don’t like getting e-cards, but I love receiving mail. Come to think of it, I haven’t received an e-card in ages! What is that about? I know I have friends out there… They must not care about me like I thought they did… Oops. Sorry for complaining.
Okay, back to the bright side. If it weren’t for the complainers of this world, many of our comedians would have no material. Some of the funniest routines I’ve ever seen are when comedians are able to make us look at ourselves and others through the world’s eyes. I must confess some of you people are downright hysterical!
What about the person who came up with the ‘smiley face’? Back in the 1970’s, the smiley face was all the rage. My best friend had a smiley face notebook, a smiley face comforter and pillow on her bed, a smiley face rug and even a smiley face trash can. I was really envious of her smiley face stuff. My parent’s never got me cool stuff like that. I always had to share with my sister… Oops, again.
Anyway, look at the smiley face today? We can’t text, write, or express ourselves completely without including our multiple smiley face options found on our cell phones! How did we ever communicate before? I wish I had invented the smiley face!
Finally, and seriously, the brightest light I have found as an answer to our daily woes and frustrations is found in the pages of the greatest book ever written. Do you suppose God knew we might have a tendency to fuss about how things are? Do you think He knew we would be discontent, no matter what blessings surround us? I have a feeling He did, and as He always does, made provision for us to find peace, no matter where we are.
I wish I didn’t complain so much. I wish I could be content with what I have, because what I have now is far and above what so many people dream about having. I know God understands, because He addresses our nature for complaining in His word so often. Hang in there, my friends. There is coming a day, when our trials will cease. Until then, lift each other up with your sweet greeting cards, your humorous stories, and your beloved emoji (smiley face) icons. God is good.
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