The Pain with the Complain

screamer Complaints are one of the only things that bother me on a daily, almost hourly basis. Maybe it’s my lack of maturity on how to handle other people’s complaints, but they literally sit on my chest and weigh me down. Yesterday and today, I scrolled down my Facebook and Twitter walls, and discovered that literally 50-60% of everyone’s updates were complaints. 

  • It’s cold out
  • It snowed
  • I didn’t get Starbucks today
  • My husband doesn’t pay attention to me
  • My kids are driving me nuts

I totally get that people use social media just to be social, and these sorts of statements don’t reflect one’s theological beliefs about God and that he doesn’t provide everything we need and want– but truly, that is how it sounds when the same people complain day after day after day.

Am I being preachy? I guess so. But, play a little game with me the next time you hear someone complaining, (because I know YOU never would) 🙂

Ask that person to:

  • Walk to their refrigerator or pantry and check if there is food to eat there
  • Turn on their faucet to see if water comes out
  • Check their closet for boots, coats, hats, sweaters, and mittens
  • Walk to a light switch and turn it on and off.
  • Next, have them walk to the heat duct and feel the warm air blowing on their face.

If they don’t get the point yet, ask them if:

  • They can read
  • They have a computer
  • They went to school past 8th grade.

So if you really don’t have any friends that complain, maybe scroll through your last 10 Facebook or Twitter updates and calculate your complaint percentage.  I’m going to do it too.

The bar is pretty high in the Bible. Here’s what God says about it:

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing,  so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”Philippians 2:14-15

and

“Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS. I will say it again, REJOICE!” Philippians 4:4