$19.99 – Stop complaining; think more positively

Men’s blog #3:  $19.99 – stop complaining, think more positively  





These men’s blogs I’m posting are being sent first as emails to all the men in our church and even though I’m directing them toward men I believe everyone can benefit from them.  So they’ll be posted here (sometimes with minor changes) one week after the men have received them as emails. 

In my last visit with you I shared how as a man you should be growing in wisdom. One of the areas of “wisdom growth” is to train yourself to think more positively and stop complaining.  I told you when you start to complain tell yourself $19.99! 

Here’s the story behind that.    

Recently, my daughter, Autumn, had to purchase two money orders.  She had never bought a money order before so she asked me to go with her. We were in Albany so we stopped at Fred Meyer. As we approached customer service this older lady came running up from the other direction to make sure she got in line in front of us.  She was moving so fast I wasn’t quite sure why she needed the walker with the seat option.  (She did sit down on it as soon as she was securely ahead of us in line.)  

And then she looks at us and says, “19.99.  I paid $19.99 for these sunglasses and the lens fell out.  I shouldn’t be paying $19.99 for something and then the lens falls out.”  She went on and on complaining for what seemed like forever (it was very uncomfortable) until finally turning to the gentleman in front of her to repeat her complaints all over again.

Quite frankly all the negativity was draining.

On the drive home Autumn was complaining and expressing some negative thoughts and I said, “19.99.” She immediately understood and it’s our family’s buzzword to put a halt to negative thinking.

And now I’m gifting it to you.  When you start to dwell on negative thoughts tell yourself, $19.99! 

The apostle Paul says it this way, “ Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8, CEV) 

I’ll be back next week to talk with you about the second area of life every man should be growing in. 

Pastor Kevin

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