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Complaining is Draining – August 10 Inspiration

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Complaining is draining! Have you ever thought about it? When you complain, do you feel positive and energized? Or do you feel negative and stressed?

Complaining makes you feel worse instead of better, and even drains your energy. You end up stuck in the negative situation you complain about, instead of moving forward.

 

Check out today’s inspirational thought on this concept.

“Complaining is a corrupt form of conversation

that causes many people a great deal

of problems in their lives.

It also opens the doors for the enemy.

Words are containers of power.

Complaining, grumbling words

carry destructive power.

They destroy the joy

of the one doing the complaining

and can also affect other people

who have to listen to them.

Murmuring and complaining pollute our lives

and probably sound like cursing to the Lord.

To Him, it is verbal pollution. To pollute is to poison.

Did you ever stop to think that you and I

can poison our future by complaining

about what is going on right now?

When we complain about our current situation,

we remain in it;

when we praise God in the midst of difficulty,

He raises us out of it.

The best way to start  everyday

is with gratitude and thanksgiving.

Praise and thanksgiving are good;

complaining and grumbling are evil.”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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My reflections:

I really like the admonition of this one: “Complain and remain OR praise and be raised!” Another expression I’ve heard often is to “Get off the pity pot.” When I’m honest, I know that anything negative really is just not worth hanging onto, especially compared to the changes that happen when I focus on the positive instead.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you struggle with grumbling and complaining?

Or do you have a strategy to focus on praise and gratitude to help you move forward?

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4 Comments

  1. Edward Thorpe

    Hi K’Lee,

    I avoid complainers as much as possible. And, my wonderful Mother raised me to believe that if you don’t like something, fix it or get used to it.

    As an adult, I’ve modeled (spirit willing) the following: Never Complain; Never Explain.

    Thoughtful post,
    Edward

    11 . Aug . 2016
    • Joy Healey

      LOL – I’m fixing it, Edward, but BOY am I furious 🙂

      Joy – Blogging After Dark

      17 . Aug . 2016
  2. Mike Gardner

    I stay away from complainers, they create so many negative vibes that I can do without

    12 . Aug . 2016
  3. Joy Healey

    Very relevant for me today! I feel (and have been) very badly used by various people in an offline business transaction. My instinct has been to “not let them get away with it”. But just got off the phone with my lovely, reasonable and soothing son, who has reminded me I could have been stitched up a lot more than I have been. He reckons I should swallow the bitter pill, accept that others don’t have the same business ethics that I do, and move on.

    For practical purposes I guess I have to do that, but how many times do I have to take these things laying down? Rhetorical question – I know the Bible quotation that applies here 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

    17 . Aug . 2016

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