Updated: Feb 6, 2018
“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you." Philippians 2:14-15 NLT
We all do it, sometimes without even knowing we are doing it. Some days it starts out small. You went to the store to get some croissants and they are all out of the freshly baked ones. (True story this happened just last week.) You then begin to complain about the fact that you wanted to get croissants, and why don’t they have them. You then call up a friend because you need to share the fact that they were out of croissants. (this part didn’t happen, but roll with me). Because a complaint is only good when you have someone to share it with... right? Hey, now don’t you go off acting all holy like you have never called up a friend just to complain, you have, we all have. But sometime when we open that door, then all of a sudden you go from that complaint to another and then another and then at the end of it, what have you accomplished?
Complaining is a part of our society. No one seems to be satisfied so instead they complain. They complain about the weather, taxes, government, the traffic, the lack of time, and anything else they can. But I dare to ask the question? Have you prayed about it as much as you’ve complained about it? This is a question I ask myself when I think about complaining. Have I taken this to God?
We all have that person in our live that is still complaining about a situation that happened 5 years ago. From the looks of it, they haven’t prayed about it, and they haven’t done anything to change it. Now somethings can’t be changed, but your outlook can be. The way that you look at it, the way you think about it can. This is not to say that when something bothers you, you can’t talk about if. But there is a difference between talking about something and complaining. Sometimes situations come up and we seek wise counsel, we tell them what happen but there is a different heart behind that. Complaining is when we talk about something not for the reason of getting to a solution, but because we just want to talk about how we didn’t like something. That kind of talk doesn’t make the world look at us and think that's a ‘Christ-like’ person.
This is a hard one my friends, because our world shows that complaining isn’t a bad thing. That by complaining you are just expressing yourself, you we have a right to express yourself. You are keeping it real. So as we work to live without complaining, I have two suggestion for you. The first one is when that complaint comes, take it to God first. Any complaint! Big or small! He is your Heavenly Father and he is interested in you!! Pray on it for 3 days, if it is still bothering you, then seek WISE council. Notice I said WISE!!! Not that girlfriend that has a new drama every hour, call that friend that will speak life into you, that friend that will tell you the truth and come along side you and pray for and with you. Yes this is a hard one my friend and it’s one I still have to work on, I’m not a big complainer, but once I get on a complaint then everything in the world because a complaint. It’s something I try to not even open myself up to. So let’s continue our journey as we Live Without Complaining.