Are You Filing Too Many Complaints?
Have you noticed that the world is full of complainers? It’s a cultural standard. We hear it on the news, we see it on the House and Senate floors, we hear it at work, and many of us willingly join into this favorite human pastime. Even the most devout Christian can succumb to the sin of complaining. Now you may be thinking that “Sin” is kind of a strong word for complaining, but I really do believe God views the act of griping as a sin.
Why is that?
#1: When you complain, you deny God’s work in your life. When you whine about all the things you don’t have, you deny God praise for all the things you do have. We’ve all been there. You see a nice car or a beautiful home, and you wonder… “Hey, why don’t I get to have those nice things too.” The moment you cross that line of “have” to “have not,” you are cross-examining God’s gifts and blessings in your life. You’re basically saying that God’s goodness for you isn’t really that good after all.
#2: Focusing on the bad gets you more bad. If you continually focus on all the junk in your life, you’ll only attract more junk. By focusing on the negative, you frustrate the positive from ever taking form. A blessing becomes “not enough,” or a gift becomes a burden. Here’s an example: I took a friend out to lunch the other day, and while I was signing the check for the food, he complained about the service, the silverware, the table location, and the uncomfortable chair. Instead of being thankful for the free food and good company, he only saw the negative. All the goodness was completely lost on him.
#3: Complaining disrupts Christian Fellowship. Og Mandino, the famous American business author once said, “Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.” Have you noticed that when you’re around a negative person that their mood is catching? You either feel bad that you have so much to rejoice in and you don’t want to brag, or you begin to see the world as they do, through “sludge-colored glasses.” Complaining ruins fellowship in Christ. It also greatly diminishes your ability to attract people to the Christian faith.
The American pastor and author, A. W. Tozer once said, “Among those sins most exquisitely fitted to injure the soul and destroy the testimony, few can equal the sin of complaining.” Complainers are “missionaries of misery.” If you would rather be a missionary of Joy, then make sure your mouth is filled with praise rather than complaints!
And, when you feel a complaint coming on, remember the simple but powerful Latin word, “Vivit,” or He Lives. That one word will eliminate any misery you feel.
DO NOT LET ANY UNWHOLESOME TALK COME OUT OF YOUR MOUTHS, BUT ONLY WHAT IS HELPFUL FOR BUILDING OTHERS UP ACCORDING TO THEIR NEEDS, THAT IT MAY BENEFIT THOSE WHO LISTEN.