Why Not Complain?
We all do it, right? Some of us more than others and some days more than others. We don’t have to look too long or too hard in the daily news reports to find something to complain about, but in doing so we are taking lightly something that scripture clearly says is not pleasing to God. Numbers 11:1-2 (KJV) says, “And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled.
If we’re not careful, negative thinking and complaining can become a habit. Repeated negative thoughts make it easier for other negative thoughts to come to us. Our brains then become wired to seek negativity.
We’re all aware that chronic anger and frustration are not good for our health. The stress hormone, cortisol, can raise our blood pressure and increase our risk of heart disease and obesity. Studies indicate that optimistic people live longer than those with negative attitudes.
So how do we avoid the habit of complaining in today’s world where we are being bombarded with negativity on a daily basis? I believe Philippians 4:6-8 (NKJV) gives us the best possible solution. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
May God help each of us to be a shining light in a darkened world—a light that is not dimmed by complaining—a light that is illuminated with hope and gratitude.