Complainers need to think about reality


We have become a society of complainers! So many times, we look around us and complain about things or items we do not have and not praise God for the things and items that we do have.

I’ve heard many people complain about their job; however, we should all stop and remember the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had a job. On occasions I have heard, and I am guilty of this as well, that some of the food I eat doesn’t taste good. All of us need to remember in these type situations about the people that have nothing at all to eat and would gladly eat what we are complaining about.

All of us need to remember that life is a gift from God. When we are out and talking with others, we need to remember not to say unkind words because there are some people that can’t speak at all.

I am reminded of a story of a young blind girl that felt so sorry for herself that she hated everyone, except her boyfriend.

She told her boyfriend, “If I could only see the world, I would marry you.”

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she could see the world, including her boyfriend.

He asked her again to marry him. Now that she could see him, she noticed that he was blind and the thought of looking at his closed eyelids the rest of her life; she turned him down.

He was devastated and went away in tears. Days later he wrote her a note saying: “Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.”

Our human brain often works this way when our status changes. Only a few remember what life was like before, and who was always by our side in the most painful situations.

A similar story happened in Genesis, chapter 40. Joseph was imprisoned with the Pharaoh’s cupbearer and Joseph interpreted the dreams of this person. All Joseph asked for in return: Genesis 40:14 “But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.”

Genesis 40:23 states, “The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.”

All of us need to be grateful for what we have and quit wishing for what we don’t have.


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