I Won't Complain
Today, as I was walking to my office, the song "I Won't Complain" rung loudly in my spirit. I began to softly sang the words of the song to myself. The words are as follows:
I've had some good days, I've had some hills to climb, I've had some weary days, And some sleepless nights.
But when I look around, And I think things over, All of my good days, Outweigh my bad days --
I won't complain.
Sometimes the clouds are low, I can hardly see the road, I ask a question, Lord
Lord, why so much pain? But he knows what's best for me, Although my weary eyes
They can't see, So I'll just say thank you Lord, I won't complain!
The Lord, Has been so good to me, He's been good to me, More than this old world or you could ever be, He's been so good, To me. -- Bishop C. Smith
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. -- Romans 12:2
What a Man Thinketh, So is He!
Understanding that it is our (human) nature to complain, we must guard our thinking process diligently. It is easy to allow your mind to guide your emotions into a deep, dark cavern.
Have you ever spoken to someone who called you just to unload all their drama and issues on you? Do you remember how you felt after hanging up the phone? The scary part is that on some levels, if not all, you could relate to them. Who isn't struggling with their finances, health, children, marriage, parents, or work? Who hasn't at one time or another wished they could zap all their cares away?
If we think, "what the use" it will translate into our reality. Christ said that "He came that we might have life, and that more abundantly!"
I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly. John 10:10
The beginning, of understanding that we have abundant life, starts with knowing that God loves us unconditionally. So much so that He gave (sacrifice) His Son in the attempt to reveal to us how far He would go to prove that to us!
It is our sin nature that keeps us from fully grasping the width, depth, and height of His love. After all, our flesh wants what it wants and desires that which appeals to its senses. Our desires often conflict with what He knows is best for us.
Abundance is more than enough. Christ never promised us that we would never go through any thing. His word tells us that we can overcome the world because HE HAS already done so! In His 33 years on earth He cried, wept, and loved. He knew that left to our own devices that we would succumb to the devices of the enemy. That is why He left the Comforter!
He left an abundance of Himself in this realm that we could find comfort and the most of trying times!
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15
I Won't Complain
I've had things that shook the very foundation of my life. Things that made me question whether or not God was real! I've been in some tough spots. Sometimes having no electricity, no water, or not a red cent in the bank.
Christians fall prey to a false doctrine that if you're "living right" these things won't befall you! Sometimes this life is like a Mack truck. You see it coming and you can't get out of its way fast enough. You can live Genesis to Revelations and yet receive devastating news about your health, or death of a child, or a loss of a job.
One such example was Job. The Bible says: "In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil" Job 1:1 Job was a husband and a father. He had seven sons and three daughters and one day they were partying and a strong wind came and ripped through the structure and killed all of Job's children. Right after that Job lost all his cattle and his sheep (in those days -- his money).
What befell Job, led him to believe that he had sinned and caused God's judgement against him. What else could it had been, earlier that day he had been abundantly blessed and as night began to fall he had lost everything but his wife and his life.
Job initially did not complain but when his friends came to "comfort" him, Job took a descent into complaints. Negavity spends quickly and will consume all that in its path.
As the story goes, God shows up in a whirlwind and challenges Job. Who can box with God? Job repents and is restored by God. Job was 70 years old and lived to 240 years of age.
I've Had Some Good Days
Like Job we strive to do our best. Live our best life. We praise and worship and we minister in hopes of pleasing our Saviour. There are those days that we are walking in Heaven on Earth. Everything we touch is blessed. The Holy Spirit brings salvation to our household. Heals a love one.
I've Had Some Hills to Climb
Life shows up with some challenges. The enemy uses your husband or bestfriend to betray you. A child leaves home in discord. There are problems at work. The furnace breaks down. Some seasons in life, just about everything that can go wrong, DOES!
Think Things Over
When going through, it's always best to take some time and review His goodness to you. Know that "all things are working out for your good." You can meet each challenge, no matter how difficult. This is a lesson we all must learn, for no matter how long we live we will have challenges.
He's done it once, God will do it again! When I think things over, I realize that He's left the Holy Spirit who will lead and guide me through every valley and through every mountain.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21
Watch Your Words
"By the using the tongue well or evil, comes the fruit of it either good or bad."-Geneva Study Bible.
The very essence of complaining is negative. According to Websters: To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
In other words, you have what you say! Be careful of what you say. Christians inherit the ability to creatively speak from our Father! That's what makes complaining so dangerous. We can speak ourselves out of our circumstances or dig ourselves deeper in it.
The old folk use to say "if you can't say anything good, don't say anything!" Start practicing today to only speak life!