I have a Complaint About Complaining

Complaining

is worthless

 

Words reeking of self

and ungratefulness

 

Of no benefit

to those who hear

 

Complaints

come out

and hang in the air stagnant

 

Perspective

Gratitude

Selflessness

Patience

Graciousness

 

– they are needed when tempted

by dissatisfaction

 

Complaining

is an outward expression

of a heart in need of joy

 

And joy is found in Jesus,

the One who should have had the most

to complain about

 

but didn’t

 

– Susie Stewart

 

 

Don’t let even one rotten word seep out of your mouths. Instead, offer only fresh words that build others up when they need it most. That way your good words will communicate grace to those who hear them.

– Ephesians 4:29 (VOICE)

 

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.

– Philippians 2:14-16 (NLT)

 

Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing.

– Philippians 2:14-16 (MSG)

 

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

– James 1:2-4 (NIV)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart

 

 

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