23 June, 2009

Stop Complaining!

The following is adapted from something an friend emailed to me. Like so many things forwarded around the net, the original author is unknown, but I liked this and made a few adaptions.

"Do all things without complaining..." Philippians 2:14 NKJV

If somebody were to give you a dollar every time you complained and you had to give one to them every time you showed gratitude, would you be rich or poor?
Many of us would say, "If you had my problems you'd complain too."
The Bible says: "Do all things without complaining," because the more you complain the worse things get.

Some things we need to take notice of:

(1) Complaining is addictive.
The cycle goes: You've a problem; you complain and remain stuck in it; you feel bad, so you complain even more and you end up with stress, not solutions. How foolish is that?

(2) Complaining robs you of God's blessing.
Instead of committing it to God, you're doubting His wisdom and His provision. God put 23,000 Israelites to death for doing that.
"Do not grumble, as some of them did - and were killed...These things...were written down as warnings for us..." (1 Cor 10:10-11 NIV).
Don't just check your attitude, change it!

(3) Complaining affects your health.
"A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body..." (Pr 14:30 AMP).
Be honest, how many calm, undisturbed complainers do you know? Instead of complaining, work on your attitude. Start counting your blessings.
A wise man once said, "I complained that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet."

Consider what author Barbara Johnston speaks about: "A hand-lettered sign nailed to a telephone pole said, 'Lost dog with three legs, blind in left eye, missing right ear, tail broken, and recently castrated. Answers to the name of Lucky.'"

The Bible says: "In everything (notice, it doesn't say for everything, but in everything) give thanks; for this is the will of God" (1 Thes 5:18 NKJV).

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