Grumbling and Complaining


It’s hard to believe that in two weeks, Thanksgiving will have passed. Family and friends will be out and about in the hub-bub of the shopping frenzy and the end of the year will be within our sights. And before you know it, this season of gratitude will be gone.


Daytona Beach 014mI have friends who have taken the thanksgiving challenge on Facebook to share what they are thankful for each day through November. It’s been good to read their thoughts. They are reminders for me and others not to take what we have and who we know for granted. To thank God for all the blessings we have received through Him.


I’ve been working through a Bible study (for the second time) this semester. It’s called Me, Myself and Lies by Jennifer Rothschild. This study shares helpful tools to remove the lies of the evil one and how to replace them with God’s true words. What I’ve learned about myself is that I still grumble and complain far too much. I grumble about myself and complain about others in the recesses of my brain.


So while some of my Facebook friends are filled with gratitude, I found myself thinking of how I am not. Oh I’m thankful for most things, but there are still a few areas where I have not allowed God’s hand to touch.


I continue to mention and pray for transformation with myself and the ladies I lead. If there is no transformation after reading God’s Word, then it’s just another good book to read. God’s Word must inspire us to change, to be better people, to think better thoughts, to soften our hearts.


“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 – NIV)


My mind does need renewal. I don’t want to grumble and complain. I want to know and be thankful for all the blessings God has lavished upon me. So this is my goal. To stop grumbling and complaining.


So, how will I accomplish this? First of all, I will give it over to God and allow His Spirit to lead me through this transformation.


Second, I will continue to remind myself of all that I have and why I am thankful. Today I will begin a gratitude journal. When I start to head down my grumbling and complaining trail, that journal will pull me back to the right path.


And finally, I will believe this passage that I have around my office. “This is the good life—my heart is glad, my soul is full of joy, and my body is at rest…You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life. As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending and I know true joy and contentment.” (Psalm 16:9-11 – The Voice).


If you’re a grumbler or complainer, maybe this would be a great exercise for you as well. Join me on this journey. I can’t wait to see the difference on the other side.


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



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