Monday, January 5, 2009

Forgive Me When I Whine

Forgive Me When I Whine - Author Unknown

Today upon a bus I saw
A lovely maid with golden hair
I envied her - she seemed so gay-
And oh, I wished I were so fair,
When suddenly she rose to leave,
I saw her hobble down the aisle;
She had one foot and wore a crutch,
But as she passed, a smile,
Oh God, forgive me when I whine,
I have two feet - the world is mine.

And when I stopped to buy some sweets,
The lad who served me had such charm
He seemed to radiate good cheer,
His manner was so kind and warm.
I said, "It's nice to deal with you,
Such courtesy I seldom find."
He turned and said, "Oh, thank you, sir!"
And then I saw that he was blind.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine,
I have two eyes- the world is mine.

Then when walking down the street,
I saw a child with eyes of blue,
He stood and watched the others play;
It seemed he knew not what to do;
I stopped a moment, then I said,
"Why don't you join the others, dear?"
He looked ahead without a word,
And then I knew: He could not hear.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine,
I have two ears,- the world is mine.

With feet to take where I'd go,
With eyes to see the sunset's glow,
With ears to hear what I would know,
I'm blessed indeed; the world is mine;
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.

I just think I needed to hear that and maybe someone else did too.. So many times we whine and complain about things that are so tiny. We have little problems and we make them out to be much larger than they really are. We need to be blessed for what God has given us. So this poem helps remind me of the great blessings God has given me such as feet, eyes, ears, friends and family and his only Son who died on the cross for a sinner like me. I am forever grateful for that. God has greatly blessed me. I need not worry and complain or whine.

Matthew 6:25-34 says "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will ear or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry saying, 'What shall we eat? or What shall we drink?' or What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

So when you begin to whine just stop and remember how much God has done for you and ask for forgiveness. I know I will be doing that starting now. :)

4 comments:

Tony Miano said...

Thank you, sweetheart.

I needed that. :-)

Euaggelion said...

That is a great post. Sometimes I whine when something bad is happening to me too. I want to ask, "Why me Lord?" I just try to remember what Paul said about his "thorn in the flesh":

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NASB
(7) Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me--to keep me from exalting myself!
(8) Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.
(9) And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
(10) Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

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manoj roy said...

Poem "Forgive Me God when I whine" is written by Red Foley. Great motivational speaker and author of the best selling book "The greatest Salesman in this World" Og Mandino uesd to mentioned this poem as as inpiration in his speeches. It's really one of the most inspiring creation indeed. 

Manoj Roy
India
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