There is SO much to complain about, wouldn’t you agree?
Who do you go to when you’re frustrated? For me, it depends on who I think will best understand my complaint. Often, it’s my husband (lucky Jeff!). Or it’s my sister or daughter. Or one of my friends.
They might agree with me. They might even make me feel better about the situation.
But ultimately, the only way to get peace through a situation isn’t just complaining about it. But changing it.
And often the situation that needs changing first is the condition of my heart.
That’s why Beth’s post stood out to me this week, “How to Complain and Gain Peace and Perspective” at her blog messymarriage.com.
Beth reminds us there’s a better way to approach complaining. She’s currently leading a Facebook Bible study in the Psalms [find it here] to uncover how David prayed.
And David’s prayers often included complaining to the Lord.
“There’s no reason to pretend with God that everything is fine. He knows and sees it all—knowing what’s going on in your life and what’s brewing in your heart.”
– Beth Steffaniak
When we talk first to God about our complaints, we’re more apt to be changed ourselves. To have our perspective channeled more correctly. And if the problem still needs addressing, to be better equipped to handle it properly.
I want to do better about taking my complaints to God.
“I was able to see that much of my problem was/is my own perspective. Viewing things from God’s perspective has reinvigorated my faith, given me greater peace, and is enabling me to trust that He will protect me in the conflicts and battles of my life.”
More peace, more faith, more hope, and possibly more change.
Beth is resolving this year to take her complaints ONLY to God. I won’t go that far (sorry, family), but I do want to re-route my complaints to God first more often.
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