in looking at conquering complaining another step is to develop the attitude of gratitude.
1 thessalonians 5.18 (niv) says, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is GOD’s will for you in CHRIST JESUS. notice it says, “all”.
GOD says “I want you to be thankful in all circumstances.” it does not say “for all circumstances”. you cannot always be thankful for the circumstances, but you can be thankful in the situation. i know that GOD is working all things for good. HE has a pattern and HE fits even the bad things in our lives into that pattern for good. GOD’s purpose for my life is greater than my problems, so in everything i can give thanks. not for but in.
so i develop the attitude of gratitude and i learn to be grateful for what i have. it’s a tremendous antidote for complaining.
whenever we are complaining, we are usually being ungrateful. you can focus on either the negative or the positive. is the cup half empty or half full? it all depends on how you look at it. why is it that we often don’t value what we have in life until it's gone?
we, in america, have so much to be grateful for. yet we take it so much for granted.
just a thought from the front porch…