Monthly Archives: March 2011

Quit Yer Bellyachin' — Remix

I posted a lighter treatment of my disdain for whining on Collect Yourself earlier today, but I’d like to treat the topic a little more seriously here.

There ARE valid reasons to complain, especially when you can do nothing about the situation: injustice or illness for instance. There are plenty of instances found in God’s word of ‘good’ men complaining. Job, Moses, and David are just three. Usually, those complaints were really supplications: “Help me! Please!”

I’ve often said that complaining is best served just before recommending solutions. And more often than not, complaining without the recommendation is simply whining. There are plenty of examples of this in the Bible as well. Just think of the Israelites, who were privy to more miracles and first-hand exposure to a glorious God tangibly involved in their daily care than we will ever be on this earth, yet they were a whiner nation as soon as something didn’t go their way.

We have plenty of admonition in God’s word to refrain from complaining and be content and quick to forgive, from Solomon in Proverbs (remember the contentious woman?) to the apostles in the New Testament. The word often used for “whine” is “grumble.” It’s not flattering. People don’t like to be around people who grumble all the time. It’s a major downer.

What is the cure? Contentment. People who are discontent tend to complain, whine or grumble. If I am discontented with a situation I should seek to change it. If I can’t change it, I should pray about it and leave it in God’s hands, content and assured that He will do the right thing. The only thing with which I should truly be discontent is my temporary stay here on earth.

Next week my Saturday morning LinkGroup will explore contentment and complaining in greater depth. I am looking forward to this and I am praying that I will “learn to be content in whatever circumstance I am.”

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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in Contentment, God's Word


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Leftover Scraps of Time

Awhile back I posted a blog on this topic on Collect Yourself. It is still something I struggle with.

I think pretty much everyone can relate. Mothers with young children, managers in corporate America working TOO many hours, fathers working hard at both making a living and raising a family, volunteer workers giving until it seems the tank has run dry. Then what is left for what’s most most important?

What has your attention? Where do you spend most of your time? What or who gets your first and your best? If actions speak louder than words, have you thought about your priorities based on your daily activities? These questions are as probing and relevant to me as anyone I know.

The Message paraphrase of Matthew 6:21 says it well: “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.”

SO. Where DO we put our time, our priorities, our money, our focus, our first and best, our treasure? And who gets the leftovers, if there IS anything left over?

It’s a good question to ask on fairly regular basis.

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Posted by on March 5, 2011 in Priorities, Purpose


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