I was in sixth grade, an awkward stage of life at best. Scurrying down the steps after a shower, wearing a towel, my foot slipped and my legs flew out from under me. It was all downhill from there. I bounced, tumbled, down the last seven steps, landing in a heap at the bottom. Ouch.
As mortifying as this story is (I still cringe about it today), it’s a soft shadow of a more common and painful downhill fall in this world—one that invites the awful wrath of God. I’ve broken Romans 1:18-32 into eight steps, each describing a further progression of a downwards spiral experienced by the Gentiles in the time of Paul’s writing.
My heart sunk as I watched the car pull out of my driveway, carrying away a girl who I had surely failed. This inquisitive, fiery eleven-year-old had come into my life suddenly and out of coincidence; her grandma needed someone to watch her for a single Friday evening. She ended up leaving just as abruptly, a few hours later. From the little my family and I knew about her before we met, we were determined to invite her into our home warmly and shower her with God’s love.
The first few hours went amazingly. She made herself comfortable immediately, and I smiled as I noticed that she seemed to warm up to me quickly. I made her tea, played piano with her, and talked to her. She revealed heartbreaking things that had happened
About a week ago, I made a decision. I was going to stop complaining. Complaining had become a huge problem that seemed to constantly hang over my head. It dictated much of what I said and how I thought, and I knew it was annoying the people closest to me.
It might be hard to see how much of a problem complaining is, because it has become the center of many everyday conversations. It’s just how we talk; it’s ingrained in our beings. We start conversations by complaining. It’s too cold outside. My hair is ridiculous today. I am so busy. . . is this really what we’re becoming? It just starts to feel gross, doesn’t it?
Hello! I'm Anna, a college student living in the Midwest. I'm a strong believer in uncontrollable laughter, powerful words, and a morning cup of coffee. I pray these posts will encourage you to live a full life with and for God: unhindered. Look forward to new posts every Monday morning!