I was watching a movie titled “Overboard” where the main character complained about everything. Needless to say no one wanted to be around this woman. The jest of the movie was that this woman hired a carpenter to do some work and when he was done she refused to pay him and threw him overboard. Later she fell overboard and when she was picked up she had lost her memory. He saw her on the news and decided that he would act like her husband and take her home to work off what she owed him. She continued to be self centered and complained about everything until she started to think of others. If you have known someone like this you almost can’t help but feel sorry for them and at the same time you can not stand to be around them. Luckily there are few people like this woman.
Most of us have a tendency to complain from time to time, and if you are like me there are times when you might complain a little too often and too loudly. With all the things that don’t suit us, it really is hard not to find something to complain about. The children, the boss, the weather, our daily life are but a few of the things people complain about. Is it O.K. To complain?
David Ring, an evangelist, had a sermon titled “The 11th commandment – thou shalt not belly ache” In Philippians 2:14 we have these words: “Do everything without complaining or arguing.”
Have you ever noticed that you are calmer and normally enjoy being around those people who do not complain or argue? If you are one that think that you might be complaining or arguing too much, how do you make the change?
There are two thing that we need to look at that will help us change. The first is that we need to seek the help of the Holy Spirit. If we ask, the Holy Spirit will remind us that we are complaining or arguing, and we can stop. This is not always an easy thing to do for when we think that we have the problem licked we start to complain all over again, but if we will allow Him, the Holy Spirit will always remind us. The second thing is that if we look out for other people’s needs we will not have time to complain about our situation. This will have many rewards some of which are unforeseen. You may even find new and better friends.
May you have a happier life.