I admit, we British people like to complain. We moan when it’s too hot, we moan when it’s too cold, we don’t like it when we have too much work and we don’t like it if we don’t have enough. Somehow, even when everything is going smooth, we still pay attention to that little bump.
An old proverbial phrase poses a question to analyse our outlook on life. The question to ask ourselves is, “is the glass half empty, or is it half full?
The outlook of the glass is said to determine our worldview. Half empty – negative outlook. Half full – positive outlook, it’s really that simple. How can you know which one you are? When you heard this question which glass did you picture? This most likely determines your outlook. I was asked this by someone after a really tough time, and to my surprise I still said half full.
The title complain and remain, praise and be raised was termed by the renown teacher Joyce Meyer.
Her story, which she shares openly, is incredibly powerful. She was sexually abused for 15 years by her father and carried deep wounds for many years into her Christian/adult life. By the power of God’s grace and her courage to forgive her father, she found restoration and now leads a global ministry enabling others to find freedom and healing. Even with all the trauma she has faced, she discovered the power of praise and how this can change the direction of a person’s life.
Complaining never changes a situation for the better, it simply magnifies the very thing we are complaining about. The more we complain the bigger the situation appears, and this then blocks our ability to see the positive. The Israelites loved to complain in the wilderness: Exodus 16, numbers 11. This is why a simple less than 2 week journey took 40 years! They complained so they remained.
When we develop the ability to praise God in the midst of difficulty, we begin to see miracles. In Acts 16:16-40 we see the physical manifestation of the power of praise. Paul and Silas praised God while in prison and the chains broke and every prison door flung open. Praise breaks our chains and releases us from a burden of heaviness. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense because things just don’t seem to change, but stick with praising and in the perfect timing God will elevate you and transform your situation.
3 reasons why a Christian complains:
2) wrong view of God
3) bad experiences
If we examine our motives we will discover the root cause to our complaining and then we can work on the solution.
Ephesians 1:5 let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear son
Love and God bless wonderful people