Reflections From a Reformed Complainer

The grateful natural

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I used to be a heavy complainer. A day couldn’t go by without me complaining about one thing or another.

“My office is too cold.”

“Why did my supervisor want me to do it this way, why couldn’t I just do it that way?”

“Why is this grocery store line so long?”

To most, these complaints are natural and normal reactions to life.  However, everything that is natural and normal isn’t always the best. It’s very natural and normal to fart when you have the urge to, but do you do it at any time and anywhere? Or have you learned to control what you eat to prevent it from happening during certain occasions (i.e. no dairy before a date?) Or have you learned how to managed the stench by excusing yourself and run-walking to the bathroom?

Have you ever noticed that there are certain people who have mastered the art of being patient and tolerant of situations out of their immediate control? They usually don’t like to be around people who complain. Why? Because they can’t bear the stench of ungratefulness.

I didn’t take my complaining seriously until I perceived I was stagnant in some areas of my life. I started praying about it and the Holy Spirit reminded me about the consequences of the complaining Israelites. Because the Israelites were chronic complainers on their way to the Promised Land, God vowed that the current generation wouldn’t get to experience entering  into that land. Only their children would have the opportunity to enter and enjoy the land promised to their fathers.

“How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me.(v. 27) Say to them, ‘As I live,’says the Lord , ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: (v. 28) The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. (v. 29)” [NKJV]

The Israelites forfeited a good destiny because they kept complaining during the journey.  They missed out of a great life, because they complained along the journey about everything. When I caught that revelation. I literally cried. I had been a chronic complainer for years. I wondered how much I missed out on, because of my ungratefulness. But God is a forgiving God. I repented and decided to make changes in my life that helped me see the silver lining in every situation. I’m not an expert, but I’ve come a long way. The thought of never experiencing all the blessings God has for me shook me into enlightenment.

When you think about it, compared to some other people, your life is AMAZING. Everything may not go exactly as planned. However, it’s important to note that at the end of the day, E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G works together for the good of those who love the Lord. You can rest assure knowing that all will be well. Be grateful for what you have, where you are and what you have experienced to get to where you are today. Life is a journey. Douse yourself with the fragrance of gratefulness and you’ll be surprised how far you will go.


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