We all have those moments when we really, really wish we were doing something else, but instead, must be responsible and do the thing we don't enjoy as much. Responsibility isn't always pleasant, right? I mean, which would you rather do - homework or run to the local ice cream shoppe with a group of besties?
It's easy to grumble and complain about doing things that aren't as much 'fun' as what you would prefer to be doing. But in instances when you find yourself whining, take a moment to refocus. Pray to be faithful and trustworthy. Embrace what you have been given to do and do it cheerfully. Every moment of your day is an offering to the LORD. Are you showing others that you love Him by loving them? When your attitude is smudged with anger, jealousy, stubbornness or disappointment, you're making the moment all about YOU and not about HIM. You're ignoring your purpose each time this happens and ruining the plans God has for you to learn, discover and honor that moment.
Don't let your negativeness ruin your joyful spirit. Be patient when obstacles come your way, or when people decide to cause problems during your day. Pray for self-control. Pray that God will remind you that every moment you are living is an offering, a moment to serve Him, not yourself.
'A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.'
- Proverbs 17:22