The Grumpy Germ - The One Year Mother-Daughter Devo

The Grumpy Germ

Bible Blast: Read Exodus 16:2-3, 13-15, 31

They began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!” Numbers 21:5

Cecelia is a happy girl. She smiles a lot and always says please and thank you—until she hangs out with Lily. Lily complains . . . a lot. The last time Lily came to Cecelia’s house to watch a movie, Cecelia found herself whining about the popcorn and yelling at her brother. She even scowled at her dad when he asked her to turn the volume down a little while he was on the phone.

After Lily went home, Cecelia and her dad had a talk:

Dad: “Cecelia, do you have anything you want to say?”

Cecelia: “Yeah. I’m really sorry for being such a rude whiner tonight.”

Dad: “We forgive you, but why do you think you acted like that?”

Cecelia: “I don’t know . . . maybe because Lily complains all the time. I feel like when I’m with her I have to complain too.”

Dad: “But you don’t have to be like that. You can choose to be different. Honey, complaining is like a contagious grumpy germ. When one person has it, she can easily spread it to others. But do you know what else is contagious?”

Cecelia: “What?”

Dad: “Thankfulness. The next time you’re with Lily or someone like her, try to let your thankful heart be louder than her whining.”

The Israelites complained almost all the time. As you read today in the book of Exodus, they complained that they didn’t have food, so God provided meat and manna for them. Then Numbers 21 reports that they complained about the manna! Moses was constantly dealing with negative words from the people he was leading from captivity in Egypt, but he didn’t join in their complaining. When he got tired of their whining, he went to the Lord and asked for help.

Girl Gab: When people around you are negative, do you join them, or do you ask God for help? Are you a complainer? Ask God to wash away the grumpy germs and replace them with contagious thankfulness!

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