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Good Morning MVC - April 24th

by Kami Wright on April 24, 2020

Good Morning, MVC!

Are you a Grumbletonian?  This 17th-century British political party label was placed upon those "out of humour with the Government."  My history teacher used to call us that name, as well as Dandyprats, another ye old British slang term that means of a small or childish mind. Pretty good descriptions of my class that year.  I found myself not even realizing how I remembered those words when they popped out of my mouth as I admonished my daughters for grumbling about everything COVID19.  

"Did you just call us Grumbletonians and Dandyprats?" they asked.  "Yes, yes I did," I replied.  "Um, why?" they inquired. "Because you just won't stop the grumbling about chemistry and this whole situation!  God destroyed the Israelites for grumbling...be glad I'm just calling you archaic names!"

Then I thought about what I said. God destroyed the Israelites for grumbling. Yikes. I grumbled today. And yesterday. And likely every day I've ever talked. It was massively convicting but just a few moments later I was rationalizing it.  Everyone grumbles. We're told it's healthy to vent and let it all out. It's not like there's a massive complaint being leveraged.  No wars are being started.  It just sort of lingers in the air around the room and settles on the curtains.

I need to grumble to be polite. How can I enter into a conversation saying this is the day the Lord has made and I'm rejoicing and being glad in it when I know the person is having a rough go of it?  I want to set them at ease, so perhaps it's better to talk about how much I hate road tolls and my best friend's sister's boyfriend's cousin passing out at Baskin Robbins last Saturday. Then we're socially grumbling together as dear friends do. It's one of the ways so many friendships form--grumble pacts have epic staying power.   

Grumble has a partner called Sarcasm and together they make an amazing stand-up comedy duo. You don't even have to say much. Think Newman and Jerry Seinfeld. "Hello, Newman." [Grumble] "Hello, Jerry." [Sarcasm]  What? It happened so fast!  We all had a great laugh!  We love those guys.

The Bible has over 51 verses dealing with grumbling and murmuring! So much grumbling in Exodus. 

I'm certainly not one to preach on the subject for I write as one convicted of speaking that way and simultaneously weary of hearing it from my kids.  I would be remiss right now if I didn't underscore how important it is to always bear one another's burdens (and so fulfill the law of Christ), and the sharing of those burdens does NOT (I repeat, does NOT) make one a Grumbletonian. It's a nuanced, passive-aggressive attitude; laying it aside would do enormous good so we can manage these difficult days with a lighter heart and come out healthier on the other side. Let's see if those we live with notice our positive change!

Philippians 2:14-15
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, "children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation." Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.  

MVC's Love and Mine,