What!!! I can’t complain …. No way, this is not possible, there is no way that I can not grumble or gripe when something happens in my life that I don’t like or that is uncomfortable, or that is a trial or a tribulation that is happening in my life.
I can relate to this …. how, because I say the same thing when something is happening in my life that is frustrating me, or when something happens that was unexpected. I am the first to complain. Since I was young, thats all I did, complain, complain, complain about everything that I didn’t like in my life.
I have been a Christian for 11 years now and that complaining attitude has followed me around. Around every corner, hiding behind every bush, waiting for something to happen so it can say to me in my ear …. “you have the right to complain”, or “go ahead, complain, it will feel good”, etc.
The meaning of complain:
is to express dissatisfaction,
pain, uneasiness, censure,
resentment, or grief; find fault.
I want to be transparent with you. Right now as I write this, I am homeless. I have been homeless for 7 months. I live out of my 1996 Jeep Cherokee. Because of the cost of everything here on Long Island NY, I am unable to pay the price for an apartment. Apartments here are $900.00 to $975.00 for a studio, $1,000 to $1,400 for a one bedroom. Gas is at an all time high at $4.30 a gal. for regular, food is costly, etc. Living out of my car is hot, its lonely, its scary, its frustrating, its Depressing. And thats only one problem I have going on, there are many others. I could go on and on, but I will choose not to.
By the worlds standards I have every “Right” to complain about all my troubles. And telling you the truth, I do complain and after I am done complaining, I feel that I just spit in our Lord’s face. Why, because my words of complaining are saying to our Lord, I don’t trust you, that He isn’t enough, that I deserve much better, that He doesn’t know what He is doing.
The opposite of complaining is
quiet joy in the midst of your trial.
– Joey Basta
Its my desire to have peace and quiet joy in the midst of anything that life throws at me. Even in my homelessness. I have to breakthrough my circumstance and remind myself that the Lord will never leave me nor forsake me. -Read Deuteronomy 31:8
When we are right smack in the middle of a storm, we should be Praising God in spite of what is happening, Praising God when we could be complaining brings joy to the Lord. Its shows our Lord that we have faith in Him, and that He is enough. We should also keep serving Him, being obedient to Him and His word. I know when I do this, my concentration on the circumstance seems to fade to an awesome Love and trust towards God.
I still have a long way to come to that place of never complaining. But, its my deep desire and my prayer to have a Godly response to my circumstances and I should, because I have to remember …. the Lord knows everything that is happening to me. And He knows what is going on with you. Life sometimes isn’t easy believe me … I know, but our God is more important then our circumstances.
Join me along this journey and lets Build Each Other Up to come to a place in our walk where we Shall Not Complain.
I hope this encouraged you. Please send me an email @ BuildingOthersUp@Yahoo.com or post a comment. I would love to hear your story of how God is working in your life.