Recently, I have noticed an unpleasant change in my life. Whenever I find myself in a no win situation, complaining consumes my vocabulary. While venting frustrations may feel good initially, I came to the conclusion I was wasting my breath.
Do all things without grumbling or questioning, Philippians 2:14.
While there is nothing wrong with expressing disagreements, the Bible seeks to resolve and improve situations. Grumbling or questioning others doesn’t help. Rather, if I only can find a common ground, perhaps I won’t waste my breath anymore.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you, 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
In a letter addressing a community known for hostility, Paul encourages people to give thanks in all circumstances. Thinking every thing in life will go your way in life is unrealistic; some sort of pipe dream, but the opposite is true. In view of this, the next time you have the urge to explode in the form of wasted breaths, may God bring these verses to memory to avoid saying something you might regret.
by Jay Mankus