Monday, February 22, 2010

Stop Complaining And Start Gaining

Do everything without complaining (Philippians 2:14 NIV)
Complaining is toxic. It contaminates both the complainer and everyone within earshot. Sometimes we think we're helping by complaining. We maintain, 'If somebody doesn't say something, nothing's ever going to change!' - as though positive change can come from negative words. We imagine we've contributed something worthwhile by our complaint. But complaining is what we do to avoid facing, dealing with and solving the problem. It's what we do instead of contributing to constructive change, and it makes us part of the problem instead of the solution. The more you complain the more problem-focused you become, and the more problem-focused you become the more you complain. Ultimately, your complaining affects you more than anyone else. The Psalmist said, '… I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed… ' (Psalm 77:3 NKJV). If no one else pays attention to your words, you do. Before you say them you think them: '… out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks' (Matthew 12:34 NKJV). And when you say them, you hear them and believe them just as you would the words of a trusted authority. Every time you repeat them you reinforce their power over you until eventually you make yourself the victim of your own complaints! Your spirit (attitude) will be overwhelmed, not by the problems and difficulties people bring to you, but as the self-inflicted product of your own complaints. So, 'Do all things without complaining… that you may become blameless and harmless… without fault in… a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world' (Philippians 2:14-15 NKJV).
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5 comments:

eugene said...

thank you william for this article of yours, so refreshing reading it on the first day of work after the long holiday........

you know something, i started going back to my old church after the absence of about 20 years,

praise the lord

William said...

Eugene: Praise the Lord.

Mike said...

that's complaining too... so that does not apply if a real complain is needed.

Examples, a guard who works in an electric field or gas field smokes,
a man who keep on burping in front of you,
a lady who simply wore as little as she can,
a police who cares only about his own safety,
a father or mother smoking while holding his or her children,
a priest who have not humble himself out of the abundance he got,
a chef who never cared about cleanliness,
a citizen who never throw the rubbish into the right bin,
a toilet that can never be used,
a school that doesn't educate,
a kid scolding foul words or damage public properties,
a person who comes and collect moneys from you while this person is right for collecting even though he has no right to do so

If we don't complained and changed the fact, what are we? As you see, complains were made for those who didn't try to treat things seriously or those who can make the changes and not making it. All over the bible were complains, God did a lot and that shows how much He cared for us. He hoped we make the changes and therefore, if we can't make the changes there must be somebody who do. There must be a reason for every complain. Even the wrong reason of complain has some reason behind that nobody notice or understand. if we can make the changes, we don't need to complain. Present the problems until it is solve. If there is still complaining means the unseen problem is still there.

William said...

Mike,
Thanks for your thought. Interesting inside and I don't know how to respond! Hahaha...

matthew said...

Constructive voice out .