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Complaining Fail (again)

O my dear readers I must confess something. I wrote a post yesterday that touched on complaining, but I failed just moments after posting…rather epically.

As I was leaving my favorite local coffee shop after a lovely afternoon with my friend, all I could talk about was how cold and gross the weather was, and how I hated the cold, and I couldn’t wait to move somewhere warm.

My friend (who is near and dear to my heart!), laughingly said “I think I should start charging you a quarter for every time you complain, I’d be so rich!”

O dear readers you have no idea how that comment went right to my heart.

Why is it so easy to complain? Even when I purpose to be content I still find things to complain about. Why is my flesh so strong?

Complaining does not edify. Complaining does not encourage. Complaining demonstrates a lack of trust in God’s plan for my life.

~From Heart to Words~ 

The words of my mouth

The thoughts of my heart

Shockingly close

You can’t hide

You can’t deceive

You will pay

For what you say

 

Then why complain?

 

The heart is discontent

The soul is lost

 

Focus on the Lord

Be thankful

The thoughts will follow

The lead of the heart

 

Lord control my mouth

Lord, lead my heart

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whatsoever state i am

Content: adj, satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else, desiring no more than what one has; satisfied, Ready to accept or acquiesce; willing

Content describes, it is an adjective. It describes something. Does it describe your mindset? Does it describe your attitude?

My mind turns to Paul. He candidly tells the church in Philippi that he has learned to be content.

Philippians 4:11-12 11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

“Whatsoever state I am”

 State, such as a cold Mid-western state? Or maybe single, or student, over-worked, underpaid employee? Ouch. yup I fail at that. I find myself complaining and whining almost constantly! No wonder I struggle with my attitude.

So according to Paul’s personal testimony I can choose for my attitude to be content with whatever state I find myself in. It is something we must learn.

I find myself struggling to keep my attitude from being disgruntled with what I find my environment to be. I have to make the choice. Can my attitude be described as content? Am I known as a complainer? (you may answer that honestly)

I have been so challenged by both Philippians 4 and Colossians 3:1-12. These passages speak strongly about our mindset and how we allow our minds to think.

God please help control my attitude and teach me to learn to be content.

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