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1080th -- At The Complaint Counter


It is easy for anyone to murmur and complain when they only look at the 
bad that is in their path at that moment. When we take our eyes off of 
every good and perfect gift that is in our life, we will be tempted to 
forget all that we have to be thankful for and we will find it easy to 
complain about the temporary trial that is before us. What we must 
remember and keep in mind is that we are a blessed people. We have much 
more than we know and because of our shortsightedness we find it easy to 
complain about the inconsequential things that really will have no 
relevance for us down the road. When we think long-term and have our eyes 
focused on the goals ahead of us, complaining won't come as easily as it 
did before.

Being a constant complainer, fault finder and just an all around 
pessimistic person will hinder one's life and keep them from having 
Perfect Peace and the Spirit filling Joy of the Lord. When we resolve to 
be grateful, to look on the bright side, to see our glass half full and 
not half empty, we are in essence dictating our own happiness. It is 
within our ability and control to either be happy and joyful or miserable 
and downtrodden. No person can ruin our day without our permission. It 
is within our ability to stay in peace despite what is going on all around 
us. We must have the right outlook on life from within so that no matter 
what happens outwardly, it will not affect us inwardly. We hold the power 
to our happiness. We must remember this truth. 
(Numbers 14:26-35) (Isaiah 26:3-4) (Proverbs 18:21)

I encourage you to change your outlook if you are a complainer because you 
are only hindering your own happiness. By looking at the good that is in 
our life we will be filled with gratitude. Be encouraged to look at all 
the good that you have in your life and be thankful for it. Look at your 
spouse, your children, your family, your friends, your health, your home, 
your job, etc. and give God thanks for all that He has given to you. 
Don't fall for the enemy's temptations to complain about the temporary 
trial in your path. Look long-term and see past your present circumstances.
Have a vision of joy, peace, happiness and love for your life. You will 
be amazed at the changes that come in life when you simply have the right 
attitude and disposition. (Psalm 34:1-10) (Romans 8:31-32) (Philippians 2:14-16)

I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to put away all 
complaints and all murmurings and be quick to remember every gift and 
blessing that you are lucky enough to have in your life.


I understand that an Athens hotel posted a sign that read: “Visitors are 
expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. 
daily.” So, visitors are actually expected to complain?

Of course, complaints in themselves are not bad things. I realize that 
something has to be addressed before it can be fixed, and I believe that 
there are times when dissatisfaction should be expressed. What's more, I 
realize that we all have different temperaments. Some people naturally see 
the glass half full, some see it half empty and some just see that they 
will probably end up washing it. Some people are naturally more accepting 
while others complain quickly.

But a tendency to constantly look at what is wrong can become a habit. And 
habits can take over. I just don't want to become a person who spends a 
lot of time “standing at the complaint counter.”

Like the woman who frequented a small antique shop. She complained 
constantly about the prices, the quality and even the location.

The shop owners took it in stride, but one day, while ranting about 
selection, she blasted the clerk with: “Why is it I never manage to get 
what I ask for in your shop?”

The clerk smiled and replied, “Possibly because we're too polite.”

I find that if I fill my mind with the little irritants of life, I have no 
room, or energy, left for anything that nurtures and feeds my spirit. No 
room for genuine appreciation. No room for understanding. No room for 
enjoyment. No room for fond memories. No room for storing a list of things 
that bring pleasure.

I actually believe there is much to feel good about. Humorist Bob Orben 
rightly said, “The next time you feel like complaining, remember that your 
garbage disposal probably eats better than thirty percent of the people in 
this world.” I want to leave room in my mind for a long gratitude list 
that I can readily recall when I need a boost. I want to notice what's 
good and right about the world. And I want to fill my heart and head with 
that which brings some joy so that I may go to bed each evening contented.

Attitudes are habits. Like television producer Barbara Gordon says, “While 
others may argue about whether the world ends with a bang or a whimper, I 
just want to make sure mine doesn't end with a whine.” I can't put it any 
better than that.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, 
and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind 
one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for 
Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”

Philippians 2:14-16 “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That 
ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the 
midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in 
the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day 
of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”

1 Peter 3:10-12 “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him 
refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let 
him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the 
eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their 
prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”

Colossians 3:16-17 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all 
wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and 
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And 
whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: EVEN IF
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem108.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: TAKING A GOOD LOOK
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony189.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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