All the rain of late reminds me of a favorite Bible passage of mine in Hebrews 6:7-8,
“for ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.”
In this passage there is the word “useful” and the word “worthless”. The useful man receives a blessing from God and the worthless man is cursed by God. The useful man produces results from the rain that falls on him, vegetables that help other people, and the worthless man produces thorns and thistles as a result of the rain, and is nothing but an irritant to others.
The same rain falls on both, but one produces good and the other produces bad, one is useful to God and others, and the other person is worthless to God and others. Every morning in my “Prayer of Commitment” I make a commitment to God saying, “Today, Lord I will not complain or grumble, not even a little bit, about anything, especially about anything that is obviously directly caused by You, like the rain.”
When I first started praying that prayer of commitment in the morning that contained numerous promises to God, I didn’t make much progress in some of the things I was committing to, but after continually saying the prayer every morning, after a while, a long while it seemed, I started to change. Once change starts it gets easier and faster.
We like ourselves so much more when we are not a sour, grumpy, complaining person, and everybody around us likes us much more as well.