I read a terrific article yesterday on FFOZ about grumbling and complaining, which describes it as an insidious disease destroying both your life as well as that of those around you.
It asked us to imagine going to the zoo with a cranky, undisciplined child. You take them to see the lions, but they’re sulking because you did not buy them chocolate. You take them to see the zebras, but they’re angry because they don’t want to hold your hand in the crowd. You take them to see the monkeys, but they’re sulking because they want French fries. You give in and buy them French fries, but they leave them uneaten because they complain that they are soggy.
At the end of the day, they didn’t see lions, zebras, and monkeys, nor did they eat French fries. They’ve had a miserable day - and so have you. The child transformed what could have been a wonderful experience into a horrible one for no good reason.
It's easy to look at a situation like that and realise how foolish the unruly child is, but GOD sees that our complaints, grumbling and murmuring can be just as petty - even when we do our best to disguise our concerns and complaints as serious adult issues! (And if we’re honest with ourselves, many of the issues we blow up over tend to be no more serious than sulking over soggy French fries)!
This is not a trip to the zoo - THIS IS YOUR LIFE! If you spend it fussing, sulking and moaning, you will never enjoy the good things GOD is continually doing for you - in fact, you will never even notice them...!
The bottom line is the Bible teaches that God hears all of our complaints and negativity. That's why the sages teach that the complainer is tantamount to an atheist. His complaints deny the existence of GOD as if there is no GOD to hear his bitter words.
Lord, please help me to "Do all things without grumbling or disputing..." (Phil 2:14)
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