Philippians 2:14-15

 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.

 We all have those friends who can find something to complain about in every situation. You may be at a concert of your favorite band where everyone is just rocking out and life couldn’t be better, but then your friend turns to you and says, “Man, its way too hot in here.” You didn’t think it was too hot before but suddenly you notice it and now all you can think about is how hot it is. And just like that your previously thankful heart turns sour.

Complaining is such a dangerous cycle. It rubs off on anyone it comes into contact with and it causes you to miss out on all the beauty and joy that God has put in front of you. It’s crazy to think that we can even find things to complain about in the first place when we have more than enough food, a place to call home, and air in our lungs. The same can’t be said for the majority of people in the world and yet we complain anyway.

Jesus came so that we can have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). Don’t let a complaining heart take away from all that God has given you and plant seeds of discontentment in you and those around you. Be the person who speaks life and beauty into every situation. It may be hard to do that at first but over time you’ll notice yourself being content in even the hardest situations because your heart will already be so full of thankfulness.

QUESTION 1. Are you a complainer? Do you surround yourself with complainers?
QUESTION 2. When you actually think about it, what do you have to complain about? And did your complaining ever actually fix a situation?
CHALLENGE: Next time you are about to complain think instead about all the things you have to be grateful for and praise God for those.
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