Public Repentance

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April 12, 2013 by Isaac Hovet

Two evenings ago I was mowing my lawn. It takes me a little over an hour to mow and another 30 minutes with the weed wacker.
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At this time of the year, this is required every 10 days or so. I can’t say it is the first thing I want to be doing, but whenever I get out and do it, I love it. The smell of gasoline, the feel of a power tool at my command, the feeling of accomplishing something tangible are all appealing to me.

I know how to mow. I know how to trim. And that is where my house-owner-stewardship abilities stop. There is so much I don’t know how to do.

Here’s the repentance:

I have been complaining about my house.

And, I am sorry for that. I have cloaked it in humor, but let’s be honest: I have been griping.

We have a list of projects that we need to do and we don’t have time and we don’t have money and I don’t know how.

These things may be true, but I am choosing today to stop my moaning about it.

When my response to unwanted situations in life devolves to complaining, I really narrow my ability to be open for solutions.

A griper is a victim. I am not a victim.

Today, I am choosing to see how good life is for me. I am repenting of my small, lazy and poor problem solving. I am anticipating solutions.

Thank you God for all that I have to steward. Help me to do it well.

And, someone tell me/show me/help me build a fence.

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3 thoughts on “Public Repentance

  1. I’m in the same place! I am resolved to stop complaining when all the while in the same breath I am saying how amazing it is where I live and how blessed we are to have what we have. I’m with you. I’m resolving with you. I’m praying with you. I too am overwhelmed by all that needs to be done that I absolutely don’t have time to do. Last night the ride on mower blade broke with another acre of 12″ grass still to go. I too cannot just run out and purchase all the things we need to repair all the things screaming at us. However, in the big scheme of things, it doesn’t matter. Okay, so it doesn’t look like the way I want it to (we’ll just call it country landscaping), but when I pull into my driveway, no matter how wild it all is, I am in awe every time of the beauty God has created and what I’m surrounded by.

  2. joseph says:

    I am going to start to now complain…about you talking about grass and mowing your lawn.. as we still have several feet of snow in the yard and it snowed about six inches today. I need to build a fence for my chicken and have everything needed…but can’t because it is April and we still have snow! God Bless. (thanks for letting me complain)

  3. Isaac Hovet says:

    You’re welcome! Grace in the snow. I am more thankful now that you’ve shared. I don’t know that increasing my gratitude via comparison is a good model, but I will take it today!

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