Stop the downward spiral of complaining
“This was the worst day in my life.” “Life is unfair.” “This happened to me is because xxx have done XYZ.” I hear this often or may have said it from time to time. Once the train of complaining starts, it can only go downhill. Starting our day complaining is like forecasting bad weather. The goodness of God is nowhere to find.
Complaining is a common way of expressing unhappiness or dissatisfaction about people, circumstances, and many more. It isn’t a good or effective way of communication. But we all seem to be so used to it in our daily life.
Author Jessica Jones in her book, Love What You Have says, ‘Negativity and complaining are like a virus. It only takes a little bit of exposure before you are completely overtaken.”
According to Strong’s Concordance, the Hebrew translation for grumble or complaints (as in Exodus 15:24) is tluwnah, and the definition of tluwnah is exalted and lofty. There, the Hebrew meaning of grumbling or complaining is to exalt oneself above others. The spirit behind complaining is pride and loftiness. When we complain about a person we complain against God as that person is made in the image of God (taken from The Lens of Love). Wow, that sounds so strong.
Maye, I will think twice now when I start the downward spiral of complaining. Is there pride and loftiness in my attitude? Have I lost the heavenly perspective? Isaiah 55:8-9 says,
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
God, by your great mercy, help us to pause from the tendency of complaining. We humble ourselves in front of you and align our thoughts and ways with yous.