Blessings or Burdens?

Oh my. There are some verses in the Bible that I wish …

Well, I just wish that they weren’t in there. They make me uncomfortable.

Here’s what I’m thinking about …

Life would be easier if grumbling was a spiritual gift.

Anyone else think so??

But no.

Grumbling is not a good thing. It’s not attractive. It’s not helpful. It’s not encouraging. And it certainly doesn’t acknowledge and honor God’s faithfulness and love for us. It breaks the heart of God and makes us only more miserable. Not good.

But …

Sometimes it just seems so natural to do. Isn’t it? When I’m in my grumbling state of mind, I kind of think I’m entitled to it. I mean, life can be tough! Someone makes a decision that interrupts my schedule. Someone else annoys me with…something. I’m tired. I’m disappointed. Someone let me down. My burdens feel so great … blah, blah, blah. Wah, wah, wah. (You get this, right?)

In other words …

Everything in my world isn’t aligning with my expectations, wishes, needs, etc. So, I’m miserable.

God has really been talking to me about grumbling lately. I think it’s because I’m tired and He’s hearing a bit more of it come from my lips.

Here’s the Bible verse that made me feel a bit uncomfortable today … have mercy.

The first book of Corinthians, chapter 10, verses 7-10: “Do not be idolaters … we should not commit sexual immorality … we should not test the Lord … do not grumble.”

Guys! Did you catch this? Grumbling is right up there with idolatry, sexual immorality, and testing God. (Clearly, grumbling is not to be considered “no big deal.”) Good grief.

Yea. I knew I needed to bump out of this messy place and get my act together. And I’ve done what I need to do to get my spirit back in the right place:

  1. Repent.
  2. Start writing down my blessings.

Seriously. Writing your blessings will get you out of that whining spin real fast. Just whip out a piece of paper and make your list. Make sure you include the little things. The good burger you ate. The friendly clerk in the store. The baby giggle you heard. The note from your friend. Your bed. Easy traffic.

Oh, friend. Grumbling sneaks up on us so easily. Let’s not let it detract us from bringing the joy and sharing the good word with those in front of us.

Let’s highlight our blessings. Bring the smiles. Bring the words that make someone’s day.

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

(Proverbs 17:22)

Let’s get out of the business of drying up bones and bring the good medicine!

Let’s talk about our blessings.

It will change us, and it will change our world.

 

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