Monday, December 6, 2010

Do everything without complaining... (Phil. 2:14)

As a New Yorker, there’s a lot I want to complain about. But as a Christian, there’s a lot more to be thankful for!! So in the spirit of thanksgiving:

-- Our apartment doesn’t have a dishwasher… but it at least has a garbage disposal. And if we had a dishwasher, I might never know the joys of coming home to find an empty sink thanks to my amazing husband.

-- Our apartment doesn’t have a washer/dryer… but it at least has laundry in the basement, which is more than a lot of New Yorkers have! And my weekly trips downstairs provide a great way to meet other people in our building.

-- I have to walk up four flights of stairs every morning just to make it above the subway stop… but it’s really good exercise—and sometimes it lets me justify getting a deliciously high-cal holiday Starbucks drink!

-- The subway can get more crowded than a mosh pit… but when people are scrunched in around you, what a great opportunity to be a light and to be kind rather than pushy. And it helps me not take for granted when I finally get a seat!

-- After work, the last thing I want to do is be stuck on a subway with obnoxious and obscene high school guys, crying babies, blaring headphones, and Mariachi bands… but it does make me appreciate coming home to our quiet apartment!  And sometimes the musicians are actually pretty entertaining.

-- The streets are crowded and loud… but that makes me feel safe! If I was walking down a dark, empty street, that would be a lot worse.

-- When we have a singing at our apartment, our neighbor bangs on his ceiling (which is our floor)… but at least if people can hear it, maybe that means God can use it for His glory!

-- Everything is so expensive… but we are really blessed by churches and individuals who are helping us afford to live here, and our dependence on them and on God is good for our faith!

My goal is to continue focusing on the good things happening here instead of all the bad things. It really seems like in such a dark place, God’s light can shine the brightest, and it does. I’ve been so encouraged by the Christians up here and the ways they serve our great Father. Here’s to lighting up the darkness!