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Time To Stop Complaining

"And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able."

1 Corinthians 3: 1, 2 King James Version

I received an email yesterday from a lady who told me all the terrible things that her husband had done to her. She went on and on about how she had a right to be angry with him. I replied and told her that she needed to stop feeling sorry for herself because it takes two to fight and two to get along, and to give it to Jesus as He is the only One Who can change her husband's heart.

For over thirty years I had an ongoing daily self-pity party. I found out that people might come to my party once, but they didn't come back the second time. There is a big difference between hurting and just feeling sorry for yourself. Many people have written me telling me how it helps them when I share my personal life and how Jesus has given me the victory.

Sometimes it is very difficult for me to share things because basically I am a very private person. Had it not been for my dear friend who is a Pastor's wife sharing from her personal experiences, I wouldn't have the courage to share mine. When I was in her Sunday School class, I listened to what she was saying with my ears, but the day she first shared from her heart was the day I started listening with my heart.

My sister used to tell me that I needed to volunteer someplace and do something for somebody else and get my mind off my own problems. I used to get so upset with her for saying that to me over and over. I didn't want to volunteer because I didn't have transportation and it is very hard for me to say things verbally. However, the real reason was because I was still wrapped up in my selfishness and self-pity. It hurts me very deeply to realize that I could have been serving Jesus all those years if only I hadn't been feeling sorry for myself all the time. Yes, I have had many terrible things happen to me, but so has many other people.

Today, because of the Amazing Love of Jesus, I now have over three hundred people who pray for me and encourage me. Sometimes I receive over one hundred emails a day from people who tell me how the Devotionals have encouraged them. That always encourages my heart because the only reason that I have any desire to live is to serve my Best Friend, Jesus. He is my Life, the very Breath that I take.

The thought hit me this morning like somebody had plunged a sharp knife into my heart; Jesus didn't have anybody to encourage Him. If ever someone had a right to a self-pity party, it is Jesus! All of the people who claimed to be His friends deserted Him when He needed them the most on that horrible day when He hung on that cruel Cross.

We need to stop complaining about what we don't have, and start thanking Him for what He has done for us. Yes, we are to encourage one another, and if we don't do it, then we are hurting Jesus. However, it's time we move on and start eating meat instead of drinking milk.

I told this person that wrote me that the more I fall in love with Jesus, the less I concentrate on myself. Dear friends, if you don't know Jesus, if you have never invited the Christ of Calvary into your heart, there is no better time than right now. Give your heart and life to Jesus and you will experience a Peace and Joy that only Jesus can give to a heart that is broken.

Joanne Lowe
March 27, 2006

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