Last week, I witnessed some really challenging conditions and scenarios in the country-side area of Ethiopia. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before back home in the USA (or anywhere I’ve been for that matter). After experiencing those things, I made a commitment to God and myself that I would no longer complain. Yes, even the most seemingly grateful of us have our whiney, pouty lipped, bratty moments; the hot water isn’t working, my back hurts, he isn’t playing the music correctly, my check was shorted, I’m not in the mood today b/c…, I feel disrepected, blah blah blah. More often than not, complaints are a way to vent to yourself and/or others to express discontent about a particular circumstance, person, or issue. Generally, the circumstance, person, or issue does not even last long enough for us to truly be affected by it long term.
Today overall has been an interesting day for me so far. From the time I woke up until this very moment, I have been challenged and tested in various ways. The last thing that happened before I started typing this post today actually lead me to change my original blog topic all together. I experienced what felt like betrayal to get into a mode of COMPLAINING. Only problem is, I had no one to complain to about it when I wanted to, which was likely God’s BOLD way of forcing me to honor my promise. Thanx God…you rock!
Often times when we do things from our hearts w/ a specific goal in mind, we tend to take it personally when the plan is altered or when other’s goals are infused into the plan. That can be a recipe for complaining and ultimately saying some not so very nice things. Complaints are a dangerous segway into gossip, slander, and foul talk. None of these things glorify God. So I will just end my piece today by repeating something FABulous I used to hear the ol’ folks say back in the day…
IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY, DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL!! Not only is that sound advice, but it is wise beyond it’s years as a cliche’.
*Wednesdays w/ iNDIGO*