Romans 12:1-2 Have you ever noticed that people like to complain about things, but those same people who complain don’t want to be a part of the solution. Unfortunately, I find that I’m often just like that. I won’t like how something is done, but I won’t consider lending a hand to help. I just want to gripe about it to someone and expect them to fix the issue. Whether at home, at church, at work, or just in general, I want to be better at taking responsibility instead of just complaining. If we’re not careful, this same attitude can seep into every area of our lives. For example, this often happens when it comes to marriage. When you get frustrated in your relationship, it’s easy to complain about how a spouse does this or doesn’t do that. You might gripe and complain to your significant other and about your significant other to anyone who will listen. But, complaining never fixes a situation. To truly change a situation, you must first be the change you want to see. If you want a great marriage, start by being a great spouse. Don’t wait for your spouse to become perfect overnight. Take initiative. This is true of almost all areas of our lives. Instead of sitting around and waiting for things to work out exactly the way we want them to and complaining when we don’t, we must learn to take initiative and live out the change we want to see. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
Reflect: What are some areas you think God might want you to take initiative and live out something different than the way things have been? Pray: In your prayer time today, talk to God about the things in your life you’d like to see changed. Ask Him how to begin to live out those changes. READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT: Today’s Reading: Matthew 11]]>