Just An Ordinary, Non-Venting Post

Last night I wrote a venting post. I don't remember writing too many of those in the past, but something really got me riled up.

Basically, I had to go to the doctor yesterday, and I saw a doctor I hadn't seen before, and I was really unhappy with the way she treated me. I was so upset I wrote a big drawn-out post about it.

I had it all scheduled to post this morning and everything when I got to thinking: is it really God-honoring to spend that much time in a blog post complaining? Because that's what venting posts really are - complaining posts.

I know sometimes you just need to vent and cry out your frustrations to someone, but that's something best saved for a conversation with the hubby, or with my mom, or better yet, with the Lord, rather than something to be immortalized in the blogosphere.

I want my blog to be a place to honor the Lord, and showcasing my frustrations and selfish attitude (you know, "the how-dare-she-treat-me-that-way" one) is not a way to honor the Lord.

I realized this week how much in my everyday life that I focus on me, and my rights, and my feelings, and my wants. That's not God-honoring either. It's putting my own self at the center of my life, and that's just not right.

Does this sound familiar? I'm pretty sure I've blogged about it before. That's because it's something I really struggle with.

Anyway, here's my non-complaining post. The Lord has blessed us with so much, and done so much for me personally, that it's silly of me to focus so much on my own irritations or wants, and whine about them, when I should just be thanking Him for everything He's done for me and remembering daily His wonderful works in my life.

Why I Can't Complain:

1. I'm thankful to the Lord for giving me such a sweet, understanding husband, who overlooks so many of my faults and loves me unconditionally.

2. I'm thankful that I even have a baby to be worried about! I don't forget how hard it was to get this sweet baby in the first place.

3. I'm thankful that I don't really have to worry at all, because the Lord has everything under control, and will always work things out for my good (Romans 8:28).

4. I'm thankful for a roof over my head and enough money to pay the bills.

5. I'm thankful for my funny dogs, who always cheer up my day, and I'm thankful the Lord thought of making dogs for us to enjoy.

6. I'm thankful that we have doctors who can give us guidance when issues come up, and I'm even more thankful that our Lord is the Great Physician and can heal all our diseases.

7. I'm thankful for my Saviour, Jesus Christ, Who died to wash my sins away, and Who I look forward to spending Eternity with.

There. Those are just a few things, but it helps so much to just re-focus. Maybe I should make this a more regular feature on the blog. I really have no room to complain about a little rudeness at the doctor's office when the Lord has blessed me so much.

No room at all.

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Brittney Galloway said...

Great post, Callie! I've been constantly writing and deleting venting posts from our time here because I keep remembering how blessed I am! I'm praying for you and the baby.

Natalie said...

love love love this!! i have had times where i've been tempted to complain or 'vent' about stuff before on the blog and i try really hard not to! especially since there could be lots of unbelievers reading and THAT would be the picture of Christ they get from us---gross! what a beautiful spirit you have! glad the Lord convicted you of this before you posted : ) Have a blessed day!

Kristin said...

Hi Callie. I did the same thing this week. Haven't posted it yet. Not sure if I will. It might help people be more aware of how they treat others, but I haven't decided yet if it is more helpful than complain-y :-) Maybe I should e-mail it to you and get your opinion? Sometimes it helps to have objectivity on your own writing to see how it REALLY comes across... Would you be up for it?

Anne @ Sincerely, Britches said...

Wonderful reminder, dear! Thanks for sharing your blessings with us! :)

LeAnna said...

Oh, I totally agree! There are times when venting happens, but for the most part it's not! I took a blog off of my daily read list just yesterday because nothing about it was God-honoring. Even the title. We can blog about our lives and have it be honoring unto the Lord! Loved your thankful list, and I'm sorry you had a bad experience with one of your Dr's. That IS frustrating, but hopefully you won't have to see that one too often.

Rachel and John said...

Great post!
But I'm still sorry she treated yuo badly. It's hard to let things like that roll off your back. I struggle with it too.

Ashley said...

Right on Callie! That's a good reminder to count our blessings and not to complain. It's seems so nice to complain sometimes... but does it really get us anywhere? And I agree about venting, it can be good to get things out and talk out with someone close, but if we complain about things to everyone it's just spreading discouragement instead of encouragement. And.. what's one person's bad treatment of us compared with God's awesome love for us??

Amber said...

Great post! Can't tell you how many times I've typed up venting blogs and then deleted the whole thing only to re-write something completely different. Good reminder :)

And just to clarify...everything with baby is ok, right?

Lauren said...

Great post...there are certainly times when I'm tempted to post a venting blog but realize it's not really going to really gain me any ground! Thanks for reminding us of how the glass is half full!

Jen | Our Life Accounts said...

I'm sorry things were a bit rough, praying for you my dear!

Sometimes I find it helps to vent and say it, those I usually try and wait until I've had some time to process it. I don't want people to read my blog and only hear the pretty things, I think sometimes it's easy to develop idealic images of how other people live and I think it can be especially prevalant in the blog world. But I do want to be careful that I'm not always complaining and being negative at the same time. It's a tough balance to find and with every negative thought, I try to balance it out with two positive ones. :)

On the bright side, you'll appreciate your usual doctor that much more!

Unknown said...

That is so true..thank you for reminding me of that! I tend to complain without stoping to think about all of the blessings God has given us. Is everything okay with the baby? You don't have to answer that if you don't want to!

Melanie said...

You are so right when you said we need to vent our frustrations to God..thats the great thing about our Lord..He is designed to handle us better than anyone else can! Life does get frustrating at times..I've seen my fair share in the psat month or two..but Praise God we have Him to walk with us thru the storms. :-)

Kelley said...

amen sister! I need to remember this too!

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