Day 4 | Grumbling + Complaining Deplete Joy | by Hunter Bingham

Grumbling and Complaining

By: Hunter Bingham

Senior year of college is the time when we are prodded to answer the question “what do you want to do with you life?” During this season of change there have been many hardships and circumstances that are beyond my control. It has been overwhelming to say the least and I definitely haven’t had the best attitude at times. But I love how in 1st Thessalonians 5:15 it says “Rejoice always.” ALWAYS, not just when things are easy and going as I’ve planned but always in any situation good or bad.

When I’ve struggled with letting the circumstances dictate my mood and words I find myself sharing a cranky and overly detailed string of complaints to my poor roommates. I feel like Paul is writing right to me when in verse 18 he says “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  During this time I’ve learned that joy stems from gratitude. For it is God’s will for me to have a thankful spirit.

I love what Tricia says about getting into a routine of complaining, cause that definitely happens to me. When I spend my time complaining I’m selfishly focused on all the causes of my discontentment rather than seeking ways to glorify God and love others; what a waste of time and energy. I find that when I’m ready to spew out a new batch of complaints I must focus on the massive blessings the Lord has bestowed upon me. I must abide in the Lord and rejoice in who He is.

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