Sunday, May 21, 2017

On Complaining

At church this morning the series is "choose joy" and each week we talk about how to Choose Joy in our lives.  Now I know not everyone is Christian so I promise this won't be super preachy and the point of this post is universal.  Just hang in there.  The sermon this morning was about how to give up complaining in exchange for rejoicing (i.e. being thankful and finding the good in each situation).

The pastor pointed to Philippians 2:14 which says "do everything without complaining and arguing." UM guys, seriously, EVERYTHING?  That is one tall order.  When he first said that I was like no, he can't mean that.  That's impossible.  What about when people are driving so badly?! What about when I am SO tired?!  What about those days when my kids turn into mutant monsters!?  Yup guys, everything, all the time, every day.

Once I got over my initial shock, I thought about how life-changing this could be.  We all get on social media and complain.  That just makes other people feel like complaining too.  What if we talked about our blessing and how lucky we are?  How would our marriages and relationships change if we didn't roll our eyes, argue, or complain about who is more tired, who had a harder day, who did the dishes the last 3 times, etc.?  I don't know because I don't do it, but man I think mine sure would change a lot.

I'm sure I won't succeed all of the time.  I'm sure I won't even notice I'm even complaining some of the time, but I REALLY want to try to stop complaining and try to shift the way I look at, you guessed it, EVERYTHING.

If you're feeling bogged down, ready for summer, like your boss/husband/work/kids/family/friends/whatever are driving you nuts, give it a try.  Change the way you think and see if it changes your life.  You don't have to be Christian to be more positive.  If you are Christian, all the more reason.  God calls us to do it.  If that isn't a good reason to try, I'm not sure what is.

This family of mine is the second reason I am going to try.  I have a sneaking suspicion the reason God calls us to try is for them anyways ;)

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