this past week, i went to a local grocery store to use a rain check i had for boneless, skinless chicken breasts...my rain check was for $1.79/lb! i think that's an amazing deal!! my rain check was for 15lbs...i only bought 11 because of freezer room, but anyways...i like to open each package and use press-n-seal to freeze each piece of chicken individually. the packages had 3 pieces of chicken in them. when i pulled out the chicken, two of them where still connected...in each package. i got so irritated...i started thinking, "well, obviously someone got lazy and didn't do their job...now i'm going to have to get out my cutting board and cut these apart myself!" and then i became uber ashamed...of myself! why was i getting irritated? i bought the chicken for $1.79lb! i got in my car and drove to the store where i used a convenient rain check to purchase chicken - featherless, boneless, and skinless -in a convenient package...i used my convenient debit card, and then got back in my car and drove home to my air-conditioned 2 story house to put the meat in my convenient freezer...
how completely thoughtless, ungracious, ungrateful, inappreciative, self-centered, and selfish am i!?!
i stopped myself and thought about the many that can't get in a car and go to the store and buy food! my sinfulness reared it's ugly head! scripture in philippians came to mind to remind me: "do everything without complaining..." instead of complaining about having to cut up the chicken, i should've been thankful for even being able to purchase it!
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. -Philippians 2:13-16