Let me tell you about my day so far. For some reason, I woke up before the alarm clock went off and could not go back to sleep. I hate when that happens because I feel tired the rest of the day and that makes me grumpy. I got in the shower and realized halfway through that someone had used the last of the shampoo so I had nothing to wash my hair with. I got dressed and went downstairs to breakfast, irritated about all the clutter in the kitchen. When I went to get the milk for my cereal, I realized it had expired yesterday and no one had bothered to buy any more. On top of that, the internet wasn’t working for some reason, so I couldn’t check to see what insane political stuff people had posted on Facebook. (Man, those people need to be set straight – they are so stupid!) I got Jacob ready for school and out the door, which is similar to rolling a two ton boulder up a mountain, and had to deal with all those other crazy parents who apparently don’t know how to navigate the car drop-off lane at the school. Some guy cut me off in traffic and I seemed to hit every stoplight red on my way to work. It’s going to be “one of those days.”
Let me tell you about my day so far. I woke up this morning before the alarm clock went off, giving me a moment to pray and thank God for giving me another day on the earth. In the stillness, I could see the sun shining outside the window and the birds singing – what a beautiful morning God had made. I didn’t want to leave my comfortable bed in my air-conditioned house and I was reminded of the Jamaican home I stayed in on last year’s mission trip that didn’t have either of those luxuries. I had warm water in the shower – another thing that isn’t all that common in other countries. I noticed the clutter in the kitchen caused by having a house full of kids that bring me so much joy. They won’t be living here much longer as they grow up and start their own separate lives, so I’m thankful for the time I have with them. The milk was expired in the fridge, but there was an embarrassing amount of food in there (not to mention in the pantry) when so many don’t have enough to eat. When it’s working (which is most of the time), I have access through the internet to more information and resources than all the previous generations that have lived on this planet put together. And I can fit all this in my pocket. Jacob has his moments, but God is using him to teach me so much about how much my heavenly Father loves me. And for all the irritations that traffic causes, I am so thankful to have a car which allows me to work in a different city and get around without walking everywhere.
Okay – I made a lot of this story up. But those that know me well will unfortunately recognize me more in the attitude of the first paragraph then in the second. It is so easy for me to complain and whine even in light of all of the things God has blessed me with. That’s why as we continue to look at my “Morning Statements of Faith” (read the whole series by clicking here) the first one also reminds me that I have no reason to complain:
Nothing will happen in my life today that God does not already know about and He is working all things for my ultimate good. I do not need to fear and I have no reason to complain. I will rejoice in this day that God has made.
God is directing everything that happens to me and He is good. So I should constantly be rejoicing instead of complaining. Here’s three other quick thoughts on the trouble with complaining:
- Complaining is a sin
- Pride is the cause of complaining
- Complaining blocks the fruit of the spirit
The Bible tells us to “do all things without complaining.” Phil. 2:14 If you want to know how much God hates it when we grumble and whine, just read about the Israelites in the wilderness. Exodus 15-17 is a good example of this. Because God is providing everything we need and then some, it is a sin to complain.
Our tendency to complain is a result of our pride. When we make ourselves the center of the universe, of course we are going to complain about stuff. When we are puffed up with pride, we don’t “deserve” to have to deal with the troubles of life. The truth is we don’t “deserve” anything good, but God has given us so much through His grace!
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23. Not only is complaining not on that list, when we complain we automatically rob ourselves of the joy, peace, patience, kindness, and gentleness that should flow from our hearts as a child of God. We only end up hurting ourselves more when we whine and complain.
So, when you catch yourself complaining – remind yourself of all the good gifts Your Father has given you and pray that He will change Your perspective. As for me, I have to remind myself every morning.
On an unrelated subject, the music camp I’m leading at this summer starts on Wednesday. I will try to post updates on the blog after the camp each day, but I’m also hoping to share quite a bit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even Periscope (@btbeasley) and Snapchat (btbeasley13.) The links to my social media accounts are icons at the bottom of the home page at BrianBeasleyMusic.com. So check them out if you don’t want to miss any of the cool stuff that we’ll be doing this week. Please pray for us as we share the love of Christ with these kids through music and instrument instruction.