Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Complain, whine, grumble

"Do everything without complaining or arguing" Philippians 2:14

I feel sick. School is hard. I don't like my job. Someone was rude to me.Things are too expensive. I am tired. I am hungry. I am lonely. I don't have money. I can't sleep. Its not fair. I am hot. I am cold. My head hurts. My stomach hurts. I'm getting fat. I am getting old. ...

Some common complaints. Trust me... I am firm believer that everyone needs to complain every now and then. Sometimes, life is hard and things aren't quite fair, and well that sucks.

But what annoys the heck out of me, are the people who complain constantly... which now seems even easier to complain via social networking tools such as facebook and twitter. So for a moment, I am going to complain about complaining...

I honestly have a hard time being friends with people who complain all the time... it kind of feels like its sucking the life out of me.

And I am not sure if some people think their lives are THAT interesting that the whole world cares about every little ache, or feeling, or hardship they experience every minute of every day...

Or if there is some biological need or craving for attention hoping that someone will pity them of feel sorry for their circumstances.

Its kind of like elderly people who only wanna talk about their arthritis and bowel movements when you visit them... its weird.

“The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.”

So, I am going to give you a few reasons to STOP using facebook as your outlet for complaining.

1. It gets old fast. I really do think people who complain constantly are striving to get attention, and wanting for people to have sympathy. And people will, for a while. But after your 357th tweet about your headache or how much you hate your job, people stop caring. Not that people are mean, but you are kind of conditioning them to get used to your constant state of pain. what happens when the day comes and something REALLY bad is going on in your life and you need for people to be praying... you might not get the attention you need if you spend it all up on every little detail of your life.

2. So, you aren't blessed? I think this is the part that drives me crazy the most. No matter how much your life sucks, or how bad you currently feel, you are blessed. But it seems like the complainers use 100 posts to talk about the bad, and maybe 1 to talk about the positive. For people who I know that have experienced heartbreak and pain and focus on that negative of the past rather than the blessings they currently have, just seems kind of sad. If all you can do is complain, don't be surprised when your blessings are taken away, because if you aren't going to be grateful and glorify the blessings more than the struggles, why do you deserve them?

 “Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy that the thorn bush has roses”

There are probably 100 other reasons not to use facebook as your outlet. Don't get me wrong, if someone is genuinely going through a hard time, and uses a post to ask for prayer go right ahead.... but we all have little things in our lives that go wrong every single day....

And everyone has to complain from time to time, even if just to vent. But that's what I use my close friends for, not my 879 friends on facebook (yes I just checked the number of friends I have).

I am sure if I wanted... I could make a list of things to complain about.. I fell in a puddle this morning.. literally fell, water up to my waist. I couldn't find a parking spot on campus. My nap got interrupted. My room is dirty and I don't feel like cleaning it.... I didn't sleep well last night... I could go on....

But if Christians use their social media to complain over their struggles rather than brag about their victories... why would any unsaved people want to be a christian?

Circumstances are a part of life and we don't necessarily have control over them.

Joy is a choice.

We affect others with what we say.

Negativity breeds more negativity.

Don't give attention to the haters, that's what they want.

Focus on the good and use every possible opportunity to count your blessings.

Because things could always be much much worse.

But what do I know... I just wanted to complain for a moment :)

"If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. "

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