I was reading an e-newsletter I received a week or two ago about complaining. Sharon Jaynes, the author, made a funny point about lamenting:

Just try saying the word grumble with a smile on your face. It doesn’t work, does it? I’m sitting here trying now. I sure hope no one’s looking.

Let’s think about this. When we are grumbling about our circumstances, who are we really grumbling against?

Do you see yourself as a person who grumbles or a person who is grateful?

What do you need to do to change?

Make a list of things you are grateful for today!

These are great questions!  If I find myself complaining about a circumstance I often need to adjust my attitude.  What about grumbling {or gossiping} against others?  Who exactly are we complaining about?  I’m going to take a step back today and think before speaking.  I’m going to adjust my attitude and offer words of encouragement instead of grumbling.

“Moses also said, ‘You will know that it was the LORD when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him.  Who are we?  You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD”  {Exodus 16:8 }.