A Nation of Whiners?

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I had a very difficult time trying to find a title for this page;
after considering, and then rejecting, several possibilities, I
decided to simply call it, "A Nation of Whiners?" and present two
texts by unknown authors as well as some of my own thoughts.

My goal is for all who view my pages to receive a blessing from
them, but if your heart is not yet right with Jesus, then I pray
that you will visit a page that will convict you and lead to your
repentance and acceptance of Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

As I am sure many people do who create their own graphics, I try
to create a set with a theme that is in line with the text on the
page. I had a real problem choosing an image for this page that
would be appropriate. You see, we Americans are becoming a nation
of "whiners". Why? Part of the reason lies in laws, and juries,
that teach us it can be profitable to be a victim. We CAN change
these laws; laws that are written can be changed.

And let me state here, that when using the collective "we", I am
referring first to myself. Don't we all have moments where we are
plagued by self-pity? These thoughts, among others, were what led
me to choose a photo of the Via Dolorosa for the background. Has
any other suffered as our Lord did when He took on our sins?

With these thoughts in mind, I am going to share the first of two
items that touched my heart. Both are by author or authors unknown
to me. I hope you receive a blessing and will share this page with
family and friends. May the Lord bless and keep you!

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Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow

There are two days in every week that we should not worry about,
two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One is YESTERDAY, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and
blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed, forever
beyond our control.

All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We
cannot undo a single act we've performed. Nor can we erase a
single word we've said--yesterday is gone!

The other day we shouldn't worry about is TOMORROW, with its
impossible adversaries, its burdens, its hopeful promise and
poor performance. Tomorrow is beyond our control.

Tomorrow's sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask
of clouds--but it will rise. And until it does, we have no
stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.

This leaves only one day--TODAY. Any person can fight the
battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of
yesterday and tomorrow that we break down. It is not the
experience of today that drives people mad--it is the remorse
of bitterness for something which happened yesterday, and the
dread of what tomorrow may bring.

Let us, therefore, live one day at a time!

~ Author Unknown ~
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Matthew 6:25-34 NIV:

25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you
will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is
not life more important than food, and the body more important
than clothes? 26Look 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? 27Who of
you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28And why do
you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow.
They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon
in all his spendor was dressed like one of these. 30If 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? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What
shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly
Father knws that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and
his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as
well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will
worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

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God, Forgive Me When I Whine

Today, while I was on a bus,
I saw a girl with golden hair.
I envied her, she seemed so gay,
And I wished I was as fair.

When suddenly she rose to leave,
I saw her hobble down the aisle.
She had one leg and used a crutch.
But as she passed, she gave a smile.

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have 2 legs, the world is mine.

I stopped to buy some candy;
The lad who sold it had such charm.
I talked with him, he seemed so glad.
If I were late, it'd do no harm.

And as I left, he said to me,
"I thank you, you've been so kind.
It's nice to talk with folks like you.
You see," he said, "I'm blind."

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have 2 eyes, the world is mine.

Later while walking down the street,
I saw a child with eyes of blue.
He stood and watched the others play.
He seemed not to know what to do.

I stopped a moment and then I said,
"Why don't you join the others dear?"
He looked ahead without a word.
And then I knew he couldn't hear.

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have 2 ears, the world is mine.

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

~ Author Unknown ~

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Does anyone else's troubles ever loom as large as ours?
We in this country are so blessed. We so easily forget
the lessons of history, don't we? The ragtag militias
that for 8 long years fought and died so that we might
have the right to complain and badmouth our leaders.

A beautiful land that can produce, and sustain, her people
without the aid of other countries. We have forgotten the
lessons learned in earlier years, and seem to think that
all we wish for should be ours.

Because we ignore past errors, and do not hold our leaders
to a high moral standard, for the most part, we have received
exactly what we deserve: kids who have to get their parent's
permission to have their ears pierced, but who can - without
a word to those same parents - end the life of a precious,
innocent baby that did not ask to be conceived, simply because
young people have been led to believe it is ok to do whatever
they wish, and that they will not be held accountable.

We have developed a welfare state that - rather than assisting
those in need - makes lifelong dependents out of the recipients.
Is there anything more cruel than this enslavement? To deny, by
bureaucratic machinations, people the right to work for that
which is most important to them? To set goals, and celebrate every
victory? Can't we, as their brothers and sisters, teach them to
fish, rather than just giving them the fish? (Ref: Chinese proverb).

I wish to challenge all who read this page, to do the right thing.
Register to vote, and vote your conscience. Would God have us
abort babies? Let's not support those who do believe in this "right"
to murder the unborn who cannot defend themselves. In the
words of G. K. Chesterton, "To have the right to do a thing,
is not at all the same as to be right in doing it."

We can make a difference; one child at a time, one
legislator at at time, one judge at a time, one law at a time.
Let's work diligently to return our beautiful country to the place
our forefathers envisioned for us.

May the Lord bless you abundantly and may He touch you with the
need, and the desire, to stand strong for right, and proclaim the
Gospel of Jesus Christ the Messiah wherever you may be.

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We read in Jeremiah 29:11 NIV:
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give
you hope and a future."

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