Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Stop Complaining!

Every Wednesday I attend Bible Study Fellowship of BSF. This year we have been studying Moses. Today we were studying Numbers, chapters 11-12 where the Israelites are complaining about their situation. During our lecture time, we were challenged to think about how much we complain. For example...when I go to the grocery store to get something and they happen to be out of it, do I go to the manager to complain? When I am in a restaurant where there is a plethora of choices and I finally decide what I want to order and the server says they are out, Do I moan and groan and complain? Ouch! That was hard to take. God says complaining is a sin. Do I even go a day without complaining? I am having a hard time imagining a day without complaints and I am embarrassed to admit that!

Then as my day went on, this message kept repeating itself to me. My sister-in-law Julie has a friend, Jill who suffered a brain aneurysm today. Thankfully Julie was there at the exact time needed and Jill received the medical care needed in time to save her life. She is someone who has a full life and a lot yet to live. So, please pray for Jill and her continued recovery. Then I heard of someone close to me who may lose his job tomorrow due to some serious negative/backstabbing behavior against him. He is a good, Christian man who lives by his principles and is an amazing role model for our community. I worry about how this will affect his family as well as our church, and our community.

So, as I look at my life, I have much to be grateful for and have NO REASON for complaint. God has no time for complaining and I am going to do my best to stop complaining and hopefully get my kids to stop complaining. I have hung a sign on my bathroom mirror that says STOP COMPLAINING! Won't you join me and ban all complaints in your household too?!
An attitude of gratitude creates blessings.
-Sir John Templeton

1 comment:

Kathleen D said...

Stacie, I so agree with the "no complaining" thing. I don't think I complain but in the last couple of days I have caught myself. I gave up facebook for Lent and have found myself to be much more productive and focused on myself than what is going on in other people's lives.