I’m a complainer sometimes. More than I want to be actually, but less than I once was. I think that’s good. But yet it’s so easy to complain.

We always want it better.

If it’s too cold I wish it was warmer, too hot, then I want it cooler. Too humid, I wish I was in New Mexico.

Where is the balance?

We’ve just experienced the coldest day EVER where I live and had record snow fall for the month of January. I remember when we moved to Iowa in 1979. It was an epic winter. And by all measures we surpassed it this year.

Don’t we have some right to complain? Seems we should.

But just think about what is good…  It was -33 degrees the other night and I was comfortably sleeping in my bed and the thermostat was set at 71 and it stayed 71 through the whole night.  I had a hot meal that evening sitting with my beautiful family.  I read a book, I put the “littles” to bed and  told them to get back to bed at least 3 or 4 or 20 times.  What could be better?  Oh and I failed to mention I haven’t seen a mosquito in months.

Ah yes…  we are a miserable lot sometimes.

I think about the hundreds, thousands and millions of blessings I’ve received in my life.  It’s far better than I deserve and I would have never really anticipated any of this.  A wife that has stuck by me for nearly 28 years, 4 amazing children, a beautiful church home that has lovingly embraced us when we never expected it.  And I could go on and on and on…

And dare I not mention salvation to the chief of sinners?

My complaints are nothing but acts of selfishness and in reality why would I ever complain?  I don’t know…

O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults!
You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lip.  Selah
For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever. 
His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
For you make him most blessed forever, you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.  – Psalm 21:1-7


May the Lord gives us a great appreciation today for the simple things we overlook, but most importantly to the One who provides all things.



7 thoughts on “Complainer

  1. Complaining about complaining…nice! Hah! Yeah, we all do it. Complaining calls into question God’s sovereignty. Nothing’s ever good enough for us is it? We could have it worse. I use a quote from time to time, and it goes like this: What if we woke up today with the things we thanked God for yesterday? Yikes! Good reminder brother.

  2. Great article! Thank you for the reminder to keep Christ and His blessings on the forefront of our minds.

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