Complaining · Faith · Thankful

un-thankful…

The sister called the spiritual discipline…
The Opposite of Gratitude

Our focus for Bible study this week is thanksgiving…
one aspect of being devoted to prayer…

The challenge of the spiritual discipline…
recognize… take note of… all your complaints…
those spoken… and thought…
as a sign of ingratitude…

It’s three days into the challenge… and…
like the Pharisee who wanted to know… Who is my neighbor…?
I’m wondering… What is complaining…?

I’ve noted way too much…
in thoughts and words…
looking suspiciously like complaints…
so I run to Webster’s for justification…

complain… to say or write that you are unhappy, sick, uncomfortable, etc., or that you do not like something… to say (something that expresses annoyance or unhappiness)

—Merriam-Webster Mobile App

I’m so busted…
so unjustified…
each eye roll…
each heavy sigh…
every… Well… that doesn’t make me happy…
and every… How annoying…
all find themselves under the category of complaint…

And I would’ve told you I don’t really complain…
and you could easily hear me say our culture makes complaining a national pastime…
and I apparently have to include myself in the mix…
(could someone help me with this log in my eye…?)

His Word says clearly…

Do everything without complaining or arguing…
Philippians 2:14 NIV
When considering complaining…
as a sign of ingratitude…
the opposite of gratitude…
you must consider it sin…
For… if God is Sovereign…
everything He allows in your life…
is purpose-full…
all for your good…
and His glory…
His Word says… don’t complain…
be joy-full…
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind
come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance
has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your
endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect
and complete, needing nothing.
James 1:2-4 NLT
Complaining…
an un-thankful sign…
a sign of very little faith…
in what He’s up to in your life…
What about you…? when it comes to complaining…?
would you have to call yourself…? un-thankful…?

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