The Benefits of Complaining....

I complain, a lot. Its not something I particularly love to share, and I usually try to minimize admitting it, but anyone who really knows me, knows that complaints are how I fill the silence in a conversation. I complain about… weather, work, people, my stuff, other people’s stuff, how sinful I am, and even how much I complain.

You know who else complained a ton? The Israelites (God's favorite people in the Bible) when they were wandering around the desert. They went around the desert to go a distance of 40 days worth of walking, and because of their complaining they could not go into the place that was promised to them for 40 years. Clearly complaining is a big deal to God.

Its no surprise then that Paul explained, “Do all things without complaining or bickering with each other, so you will be found innocent and blameless; you are God’s children called to live without a single stain on your reputations among this perverted and crooked generation. Shine like stars across the land.”[1]

To check out today's entire reading from the Bible click below:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=philippians+2%3A12-18&version=VOICE

 

I will now list everything that complaining has ever gotten me.......................………………………………………………

(nothing)

At least, complaining has never gotten me anything good. Instead complaining has hurt people, and held myself from God’s best.

This does not mean that I should never offer critique or give a negative opinion, because those can be beneficial and can help growth. The difference is that complaining cannot and will not help anyone. Instead, it frustrates everyone I care about, including God.

The only way to combat complaining is not to simply not complain. Instead, it can only be destroyed by gratefulness. Check out the story of the Israelites in the book of Exodus in the Bible, the Israelites forgot all of the amazing things that God did in their lives immediately and where they did not have gratefulness they gained complaints.

I personally have no desire to wander around in life for 40 years, and I bet you don't really want to do that either, so let's stop complaining and start living.


[1] Philippians 2:14-15 The Voice