Containing Complaining

Containing Complaining

“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” (Philippians 2:14-15)

A man who decided to join a monastery and become a monk had to take vow of silence. But at the end of each year, he was allowed to appear before the abbot and say two words. After being silent for an entire year, he finally was allowed to speak.

So he said, “Bed’s hard.”

Another year went by, and he appeared before the abbot again. “What would you like to say?” the abbot asked him.

“Food’s cold,” the man answered.

Another year went by, and the man again appeared before the abbot. As before, the abbot asked him, “What do you want to say?”

“I quit,” he told him.

“It is no wonder!” the abbot replied. “All you have done is complain since you got here!”

The Bible tells us, “Do everything without complaining” but for a lot of us that’s a difficult command to obey. For many of us complaining comes more naturally than giving thanks. I hope you can join us this weekend as we continue in our series on “The Power of a Grateful Life” and look together at “Unleashing A Life Of Gratitude.”

Embracing the journey,
Pastor Rick

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