Conquer Complaining

As I consider the children’s story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, I hear a little girl complaining. Too hot, too cold, too big, too little, too hard, too soft. Instead of being grateful for the bowls of porridge, chairs, and beds, she complained about most of them.

Children are not the only ones guilty of complaining. After the Israelites left Egypt, headed for the Promised Land, they were constantly complaining. Not enough water, the water was bitter, not enough food, the manna was boring, and Moses was gone too long. One group of about 250 wanted a different job. Scripture tells how they “became insolent and rose up against Moses.” The consequences for their rebellion included being swallowed alive by the earth and being consumed by fire. When the whole community began complaining to Moses about those deaths, God sent a deadly plague (Numbers 16). Just saying … we don’t want to go there!

Perhaps the answer to complaining is gratitude and getting our focus off ourselves. Paul presents this challenge, “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life” (Philippians 2:14-16).

Since complaining is so contagious, let’s try something else. Let’s strive to make our words ‘just right’, speaking gratefulness and spreading words of life.

About Arrow

Hi and welcome! My pen name is Arrow. The word “arrow” intrigues me because it has two meanings that describe my passions. One, it is an instrument used intentionally to reach a target, and two, it shows the way. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, my goals are to live for Him, lead others to Him, and glorify the Heavenly Father. I pray that the stories, poems, song lyrics, and devotional thoughts I share on this website will always be inspired by the Holy Spirit and aligned with the truths found in God’s Word. My hope is that the words may penetrate your heart and point the way to a closer relationship with the Savior. I look forward to sharing my journey with you. Experiencing what God has in store is bound to be exciting! May you be blessed! ~ Arrow
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