With the first week of project 366 in the books, we're now entering my least favorite time of the year, the dead of winter. All the Christmas decorations have been packed away and the excitement of the holidays has faded. The house seems quiet and empty without the 24/7 Christmas music and all the sparkly lights. Now comes the anticipation for Spring Break, which is still 3 long months away and doesn't necessarily promise warmer weather and sunny days.
Yet as I write this, I'm reminded of the sermon we had at church this morning, convicting me of having a critical heart and that I should instead, "Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world..." Philippians 2:12-15
I couldn't help but think of myself as the pastor told us about how he had once longed to serve God in a warm climate and yet somehow ended up here in Wisconsin. I don't think a day of winter goes by that I don't ask myself why I still live here. I had to laugh. My constant grumbling about cold toes and numb fingertips must drive my family crazy. Forget the fact that I was born here and that my entire family lives here, that our friends are here or that we live in a top-rated school district - wouldn't I rather have warm feet and a few less quilts on my bed? Of course not!
Oh when did I get so selfish? I couldn't have asked for a more timely reminder. Here's to my 2016 New Year's Revelations!