Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining…
— Philippians 2:14 (AMPC)
A while back as I was lying in bed, I suddenly felt an overwhelming need to repent for any complaining I had ever done in my life. I was watching a movie in which the main character had experienced a great tragedy and endured tremendous difficulty and yet he was maintaining a good attitude. We often complain and murmur about minor inconveniences and difficulties that, in reality, are nothing compared to what some people endure.
At that time, I was about to leave for a mission trip to Africa, and I knew I would see unimaginable suffering and deprivation. Those trips were wonderful for many reasons, especially to help renew my commitment to help and live for others.
Do you complain about things that are not that important in the larger scope of life? Are you extremely blessed but have fallen into a trap of focusing on what you don’t have instead of what you do have? I know I do at times, and I am grateful for the reminder from the Lord to be thankful in all things (see 1 Thessalonians 5:18) and realize that complaining is evil in His ears.
Let us be committed to thank God throughout each day of our lives and voice that thankfulness to Him.
Prayer Starter: Lord Jesus, please forgive me for any complaining I have ever done in my life and help me realize how good You are to me. I want to be extremely thankful for all the blessings You give me.