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A Rotten Habit - And the Cure

    As a youngster, I developed the worst habit – whining until I would get my way. I remember vividly, whining every Saturday morning, begging my father to take me to the Oaks Roller Skating Rink. I doggedly hounded him until he would take me over there and drop me off, just to get me out of his face! He would give me enough money to roller skate for 4 ½ hours and then he would be there to pick me up. I thought I was having fun; I tried to have fun. However, I was alone and extremely lonely. In high school, I occasionally went skating with friends and it was so much fun with someone to share the experience with. I carried that old, rotten habit of whining into my early adult years. I would fuss for days about going to the beach, or the mountain. By the time we would go and I would stop all that whining, I really didn’t enjoy being there. Then, a season of financial hardship came and we could not go anywhere. Sometimes, a person can learn a lot during hardship; in the midst of struggling, a strengthening, maturing process can take place if allowed. I learned to appreciate the moments with our young children, to enjoy the little things and to have fun in what before seemed mundane. It was a huge change and helped me to kick that rotten habit of whining right out the door! As I began to get into the Word of God, I learned a couple of verses that confirmed the change in my life. The Bible really is very practical. Often verses help me in the exact way that I need assistance, or confirm new steps of growth, as this verse did:

    “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”     Philippians 4:11-13