Bill Vaughn says, “Strange how percentages work out. We’ve met two hundred people who have had their fenders smashed in parking lots, but never one that’s smashed anybody else’s.”
Today, let’s take a quick glance at complaining. Notice I said a quick glance. I don’t want you to gaze at complaining because the more you gaze at it, the more you become it. It’s like the sun. Let what is written here give light but don’t look at it too long. The consequences of complaining can be devastating.
Recently, I was reading The Word for Today published in New Zealand. I found this true story written by Jon Gordon that illustrates the effects of complaining. Read, learn, grow and let there be light.
Jon Gordon writes: ‘My wife’s friend wouldn’t stop complaining about her job…the company, the economy, her lack of sales…I finally stopped her and said, “It’s simple. You have a choice. You can accept your company’s new policies, come to work with a positive attitude and be your best every day, or you can find a new job. But whatever you do, stop complaining because it’s not doing any good. Change your job or change your attitude.”
The conversation was over, and so was our friendship, I thought. Rachel wouldn’t speak to me for several months. Then I saw her at a party and she told she decided to take my advice. She stayed at her job, stopped complaining and started selling more. Three months after changing her attitude her sales were up thirty percent, a year later they were up seventy percent.
The other day, three years after our initial conversation, I caught up with Rachel again and asked her how she was doing. She told me during the last two years her sales continued to grow. She’s been promoted twice and is now in her dream job. It’s a job she always wanted and she’s more excited and passionate than ever.
Is complaining sabotaging you and/or you team?
I was in a similar situation ten years ago. But I learned when you stop whining and take positive action, you start winning.’
This type of turn around happens most all the time. John Maxwell says, “Your attitude determines your altitude.” Fly above the stormy weather or else you’re in for a rough ride. There comes a time of choice. In this case, change your job or change your attitude. My advice is quit making yourself miserable and the company you are working for miserable too. What you are laboring under affects others. Get a fresh start if you need too but quit complaining and grumbling or you will eventually become a magnet for calamity.
The Bible places whiners and complainers in the same class as ‘sinners [who] have spoken against [God]…grumblers and complainers…living only to satisfy their desires…to get what they want.’ (Jude 1:15-16). Ouch! Sometimes the truth makes us miserable first but then it sets us free.
Did you know that complaining can be grumbling against God?
Exodus 16:7 says to the Israelites, “The Lord has heard your grumbling against Him.” This was when the Israelites came out of Egypt. God didn’t lead them along the main road through Philistine country even though it was the shortest route to the Promised Land. Why? Because if tough times happened they might change their minds and go back to Egypt. God lead them in a roundabout way. He wanted them prepared which is much more stable than instantly prosperous. Perhaps God is leading you in a roundabout way too. God sees the beginning from the end. Trust Him in that.
When going through tough times in life like health, marriage, relationships, finances, career and family life, there are better options than resorting to complaining or grumbling. Maybe you and I could make gratitude our attitude. Maybe the glass is half full or even more than that. Maybe we are just an attitude adjustment from moving from the outhouse to the penthouse like Rachel. Maybe we even could move from “Why me” to “What’s next.”
Take action! Focus on what is positive in your life. Give thanks to God for all that you do have. Don’t allow complaining to bump you off the path to your destiny. And believe me, you have a voice in the choice.
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