Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Outpourings: Grumble, Grumble

There are days when all I want to do is complain.  
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Have you experienced those days?  

You know, those days when you are overtired, overstressed, and the slightest comment makes you want to bark back in response?  

Right.  Those days.

Quite frankly, I am tired of complaining.  It drains the spirit, worsens my attitude, and gives me an excuse to wallow in my problems and circumstances--even though I know I should move forward.  Complaining and grumbling clearly is not life-giving--so why do I do it?  And how can I surrender these negative attitudes to the Lord, in favor of language and words and thoughts that offer life?  

I was thinking and praying that God would reveal the ways in which complaining affects our lives and our inner-most being.  He set on my heart these two areas: Our relationship with God, and our relationship with others.

How we relate to God is affected because, when we complain and grumble, the focus is taken off worshipping God and directed towards our circumstances.  Now, don't get me wrong--the Lord is able to take our complaining, and He wants us to be utterly real and honest with Him!  Just listen to David (2 Samuel 22:7).  But boldly approaching the throne of Grace with our complaints is much different than avoiding the throne in favor of dwelling on the circumstances at hand.

Secondly, how we relate to others can be negatively affected when we grumble.  God calls us to be salt and light in a world full of darkness.  When I complain, the saltiness lessens, and the sense of God's abundant light dims--and I seem just like the rest of the world.  This reality grieves me!  

I think, "Easier said than done."  But the good Lord truly has equipped us to reject negativity, in favor of thankfulness and gratitude!  It is possible, for nothing is impossible with Him.  Here are three ways we can transform complaining into gratitude:

ONE: Pray before you speak.  "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done" (Philippians 4:6).  Giving our requests to God, and worshipping Him, transforms our darkness into light.

TWO: Choose to speak life.  "The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense" (Proverbs 10:21).  Our words can build up, or they can tear down.  What will yours do?  Simply choosing to speak affirmation can change your attitude.

THREE: Thank God for your negative circumstances.  "I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death,  so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!" (Philippians 3:10-11)  When we thank God for the difficult times, people, and situations, we discover His greater purpose.  

How do you avoid complaining and grumbling?  How do these choices affect your life?  


  1. This was perfect for me to read! Good timing!

    1. I'm so glad! I love those moments when a word is placed in my path that I needed so desperately. How are you dealing with grumbling? I find myself prepping my responses beforehand, so I don't start rambling my critiques and complaints. Works most of the time, wink*! It's a good thing our God loves us that much!

    2. I think that my grumbling really in for silly things in my life. The good thing, is that the Lord is showing me how to be more mature now.

  2. One thing that has really helped me is writing down at least five things that I am either grateful for, or five good things that happened during the day in my journal every night. Granted, I've had not been the best at doing so, but it has helped me to remember what I do have, rather than what I don't. Also, I try my best to avoid complaining on Facebook; and if I really need to vent, I do it once and then let it go.

    1. Alyx, what a fantastic discipline! I have heard of people doing this, and I'm sure it helps you keep focused on the good things. Proud of you, girl!

  3. Such a great post, Kristen - I've lately been reminding that actually physically speaking God's words is one of the most powerful things we can do. and your post was a backing to that reminder! I love how God works through the body thank you so much for the reminder! Loved the post

    1. Hi, Linze! Yes, speaking the truth out loud helps SO much. I once heard that it's biologically impossible for our brain to focus on two things at once; so if we are speaking truth out loud, there is no possible way for us to focus on the lies or doubts. Kind of neat, huh? I love your thoughts on this!


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