Thursday, May 31, 2012
When Did I Become a Chronic Complainer?
Psalm 19:14 (NASB)
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
I could feel my face turning red! Once again my immaturity was showing because I didn’t get my way. Later that night, I thought about my behavior and I believe I had a sobering divine revelation: I was a chronic complainer. And I do mean chronic. It shocked me as I realized how much of my thinking and speech was ruined with complaining and criticism. How embarrassing to be a Christian for so many years, and find myself behaving so immaturely – and possessing such an ungrateful heart!
Since then I have been making an effort to get control over this sin. On days when I hear myself constantly complaining, I write goals stating “I will not complain for ten minutes.” When I begin to feel a bit confident that I can go for a longer stretch, I set the goal for one hour at a time. Now my goal is to not grumble during the time it takes me to complete this post. And so far, it’s working!
Are you a chronic complainer?
Test yourself. Be aware of every thought and word for the next forty-eight hours. Maybe even jot down the times you catch yourself in a less than grateful mode. For me, complaining sounds like: I wish I didn’t have to clean the house, go to the store, or even wash my hair. I am also griping when I criticize someone for not performing better on my schedule; or for not treating me fairly.
If you do not struggle with this childish vice, then I sincerely ask you to pray for me as I now fight to become consistently thankful. I will rejoice and be thankful for a home to clean and hair to wash!
Will you join me this week in setting a goal to stop complaining and start being more thankful? Let’s literally stop ourselves each time we’re about to complain about anything!
It may be helpful to start a list of things we can be thankful for and list some of them on the back of our Scripture Memory Card. This week’s verse is a perfect one to memorize or meditate on to help us change our attitudes.
A friend of mine told me a story about a lady who kept a journal of all the things she was thankful for. She made it a goal to add daily a new reason to be thankful. It became a great reminder of how faithful God has been in her life!
What about you?
• How much joy are you missing out on when you spend so much time concentrating on “what’s wrong?”
• Will you begin a list (and add to it daily) of things you can be thankful for? Will you start that list today?
• Will you commit to memorizing or meditating on Psalm 19:14 this week?
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