I refuse to Complain…

I never thought I’d be that girl, that would get a bit deflated after attending yet another wedding that was not my own. I didn’t even think it would even bother me when I learned of news that there would be babies on the way for some of my close friends. But to be honest the more good news I heard, the more my complaints began to surface.  I wasn’t sure how to feel anymore.  Of course I was happy for all the new relationships that were being formed, the jumping the broom pics on facebook and the adorable “coming soon” baby announcement photos. But I have to admit, my emotions began to get the best of me. The deception started creeping in, with the infamous complaint “whats so wrong with me that I havnt reached any of these milestones?”

 Last Sunday, I attended church, and my pastor spoke very passionately about complaining. This sermon slapped me so hard across the face that it left a mark. For good reason, I was convicted of becoming a complainer. Yes, most look at me and see, a positive woman, with a smile. They see an encouraging woman who aims to inspire. They see a woman who seems to be totally alright where she is. But little do they know, the tears I’ve cried because I hadn’t had the chance to go wedding shopping with my mom or sisters.  Or the nights I longed to call my best friend with news of “he proposed!” Or better yet providing more grandchildren to my parents and giving my older sister a chance to be an aunt for once. It can get incredibly hard to keep this smile on my face when everything and everyone seems to be moving forward. However, after my pastor spoke last Sunday. He challenged me to make no more complaints. But to be thankful for everything including the very breath I breathe.  You see, it’s easy to get hoodwinked into thinking you aren’t good enough. You can easily start complaining about what you don’t have. But how often do you really look up at the sky and be thankful you are awake to watch the sunrise. How often are you thankful for the family and friends you have, that tell you they love you…even when you don’t deserve it. How often can you say you are thankful to have job that is willing to let you grow before their eyes. This entire week, I did my best not to complain about anything. Each morning I was thankful for all the good news my friends have been experiencing. Weddings, babies, graduations, job promotions, speaking engagements. I chose to speak life into others instead of complaining. It wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but by Friday I looked at how much more joyful I was. I looked around at what I had, and I realized I have what I need to live the life God has given me at this point. Everything He has ever provided to me, has always been in His timing. So what’s the use of complaining? All it does is deter you from the path God is guiding you on.  If you take a look at your life, realize it could be worst. There is so much to be thankful for. So, for the next couple of weeks I’m going to write about something I am thankful for. You are more than welcome to join me. Especially if you find yourself in a place of complaining. By the end of this challenge, I pray we all can learn not to take what we have for granted.  Are you ready to refuse to complain? It’s not going to be easy, but if you want to experience true joy, it begins with being thankful. #thankful #gratitude #pushThru #purposeDriven 

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