Sizzlin’ Summer: The Cure for Complaining
As human beings, we tend to complain. We all do it, and with all the craziness in the world today, it is easier than ever to sink into patterns of discontent. As People of God, we need to flatten the curve of complaining. Spoiler alert: The cure for complaining is a heart of gratitude.
Having true gratitude is so important In every area of our lives. Let’s take a look at the Biblical account of Jesus healing the ten lepers. Luke 17:11-13 (NIV) says: “Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, ‘Jesus, Master, have pity on us!’” Having leprosy was a terrible thing. Your skin would be covered in awful sores and oftentimes you would lose feeling in different body parts. You were cast out of society; no one could touch you, much less hug you. Your entire existence would be misery, so imagine how the ten lepers felt when they finally saw someone who could help them.
Luke 17:14-18 (NIV) continues: “When [Jesus] saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?’” The nine walked away with healing, the one walked away with healing on the inside and outside.
3 Statements to Curve the Complaining in Our Life
Don’t let the current pandemic steal your gratitude. Scholars believe the value of gratitude unlocks many other important values: encouragement, generosity, and thankfulness. “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit,” says Proverbs 15:13 (NIV). Gratitude revives us from the inside out.
- I know every good thing I have comes from God. Remember that God is the one who has blessed you with the ones you love, the job you have, and the home you make memories in. James 1:17 (NIV) says: “Every good and perfect gift is from above…” The blessings in our lives didn’t come from our own effort and successes; they came from God. It is so much easier to dwell on the good in our lives when we realize that we did nothing to earn it. Every good gift is from the Lord.
- I will not let what I want rob me of what I have. Ecclesiastes 6:9 (NIV) declares: “Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite.” Phil. 4:11b-13 (NIV): “…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” When you get to the place when all you have is Christ, you realize Christ is all you need.
- I’ll turn every blessing I have into praise. Every blessing we don’t turn back into praise it turns into pride. We start to subconsciously think, “I earned that, I deserve that!” Praising God for his Psalm 103:2-5 (NLT): “Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!” Praise God for the wonderful things in your life.
So how do we become thankful and change our perspective? Take a minute to pretend you lost something precious to you: it can be a relationship, a house, a job, an heirloom piece of jewelry – anything that would hurt you to lose. Can you picture it? It hurts, doesn’t it? Now imagine getting it back: that relationship you cherish, the home that you worked so hard to acquire, that job you love, the piece of jewelry from your grandmother – it is easy to be grateful when you imagine what you love taken away from you.
Declare these statements over your life:
- I know every good thing I have comes from God.
- I will not let what I want rob me of what I have.
- I’ll turn every blessing I have into praise.
Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV) says: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” We are saved, transformed, and forgiven, because of what Jesus did. It is not our works but the grace of God that brings every good thing into our lives – and that is all the reason we need to be grateful.