Kamryn pulled on her new shirt and frowned at herself in the mirror. She turned to the left and right and then sighed. Shopping with Grandma was fun, but Grandma didn’t buy clothes like the other kids were wearing.
“Grandma, these clothes don’t feel comfortable,” Kamryn said as she walked from the dressing room.
“What’s wrong with them? They look like they fit. That color looks good on you,” Grandma smiled.
“I know they fit, but I wanted that top,” Kamryn answered pointing to a top with her favorite cartoon character on it.
“Well, if you don’t like the way they fit, we can leave them. I think the clothes fit perfectly.”
“Why can’t I have that shirt? Everybody at school has one,” Kamryn stomped her foot and pouted.
“I don’t think the shirt appropriate for you, Kamryn,” Grandma said.
“Well, I don’t want anything then!” Kamryn folded her arms and plopped down on the floor.
“Well, it’s your choice. I’m ready to go home. Let’s go,” Grandma said leaving all of the clothes she had picked out for Kamryn.
On the way home Grandma turned on the radio to her favorite Christian music station. The announcer read a scripture, “Philippians 2:14 teaches us to do everything without complaining or arguing.”
As Grandma pulled the car into the drive, Kamryn turned to her and asked, “Is that what I was doing at the store? Complaining and arguing?”
“Do you think you were complaining and arguing?” Grandma asked turning to Karmryn as she parked.
“Yes, I was. I wasn’t being grateful either. I’m sorry, Grandma.”
“Oh, Kamryn, I forgive you and I love you,” Grandma said as she pulled Kamryn into a hug.
Grandma smiled, “Would you like a snow cone? It’s hot outside today and snow cones sound like the perfect treat for this special occasion.”
“What makes it special, Grandma?”
“You were able to see yourself through the scriptures. That makes it very special.”
Kamryn may not have receive new clothes, but she did learn what the Bible has to say about her behavior.
Philippians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent.”
Try memorizing this scripture so that you can remember it when you are tempted to complain, argue, or have a tantrum when things don’t go your way.
When have you pouted or complained because you couldn’t do what you wanted?
How do you think your family feels, and even God, when you argue?