Likewise, complaining is truly useless. Are you going to make anything better by whining about it? The best thing to do is to request a change, because most people don’t want to hear you complain. In fact, the Bible tells us not to complain or grumble (Philippians 2:14). If you want something changed, complaining is not the way accomplish it. Through action and understanding and patience are things changed.
In these days I have recognized something in particular about myself. All my sarcasm, mock-complaints, real complaints, and general meanness, serve to make me into a bad person. We become the things we say and do, and though I don’t ever mean the anything I say maliciously, it is slowly changing my heart to be more cynical, cruel, annoying, etc. I see this and I mourn, because I don’t like the fact that I need to change. But I know I need to stop.
Ultimately it comes down to this – Is what you’re saying and doing reflective of your heart? If not, then you need to change your words and actions to reflect your good heart, else your heart will conform. Or, is your heart bad and you know it, but you are doing good actions? Then your heart will change. There are a myriad of spiritual lessons here. Think about what you say and do. Does it serve a purpose?
Most importantly, when you are doing or saying something, ask yourself if it is something that you would be comfortable with in God’s own throne room. If not, you need to change it. The way to do it is this: do all you can, but let Christ fight the battles for you. If you know you can’t conquer something, then whenever it tempts you, simply pray, “Christ, I give this battle to you. I can’t win.” This is my strategy. I allow God to conquer these things in me.
Above all, we are never alone.
Submitted by Stephen Macomber