Don’t be a complainer

2020-02-15
Philippians 2:14 NLT

In an old Peanuts comic strip, Lucy announces, “Boy, do I feel crabby today.” Her little brother Linus, always the peacemaker, responds, “Maybe I can help. Why don’t you just take my place in front of the TV and I’ll fix you a nice snack? Sometimes we all need a little pampering to make us feel better.” A few minutes later, Linus brings Lucy a sandwich, some chocolate chip cookies, and milk. “Is there anything else I can get you? Anything I haven’t thought of?” he asks. “Yes,” snaps Lucy, “There’s one thing you haven’t thought of. I don’t want to feel better!” The truth is that some people don’t want to feel better – they just want attention, and complaining is how they get it. Do you know anyone like that? The Bible repeatedly tells us to stay away from complaining. It takes gut-level honesty to ask yourself: “How much of what I say focuses on complaining about the situation instead of trying to improve it? Have I built my life around people who feel the same, people who’d probably be upset if I decided to grow and adopt a better attitude? Am I living in the past, nursing old wounds, refusing to forgive others and myself?” Time alone doesn’t heal – insight does! Jesus said knowing the truth sets us free (See John 8:32). Once you’re willing to face the truth about your attitude and do something about it, your life will start to improve. And one more thought: Paul says, “Rejoice always…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV). This is God’s will – so do it!

Soul food: Rom 7:1-9:16; Matt 14:13-21; Ps 145:14-21; Prov 4:23-24