Complaining vs. Praising – October 28 Attitude of Gratitude
Midweek! I lost an entire day yesterday finishing a project and taking care of some other things demanding my time. While my goal is to blog daily, or at least weekdays, I’m realizing I need to take a break sometimes and prioritize. I want to make sure blogging is something I do because I *WANT* to, not like other things I *HAVE* to do.
Have you ever noticed 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 devotional 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”
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.
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?