Are You a Whiner?

©Jeanne E Webster

 

Do you ever whine? 

You know you must attend that meeting today but you’d rather not.  No one will listen to your speech anyway. 

You know so-and-so is going to call today, but you just don’t want to talk with her.  You feel you’re wasting your time, as she never listens to your advice.

You get up in the morning and are so achy and tired, but you have to grocery shop for your neighbor.  Maybe she could wait another day, or someone else can do it this time.

Holiday gatherings are so stressful; you’d really rather stay home.  So-and-so will be there, and you do not like him at all.

Oh, it would feel so good just to stay in bed today and snuggle up in the covers.  Why not pamper when nothing urgent is brewing for the day?

“Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not.  Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance, self-control, diligence, strength of will, content, and a hundred other virtues, which the idle never know.  ~~Charles Kingsley

 

To be honest, I was a big whiner, especially in the morning.  I am not a morning person, more like a growling bear.  I have learned over the years that I must literally force myself to be pleasant to others in the morning.  The message has sunk through that when I work through my druthers in the morning, I have been strengthened in character and self-control.  That specific reality light-bulbed in my mind many years ago.  I have tamed the beast, mostly.

Thanks to the good Lord I have been grown up over the years through His word.   I’m not a big whiner anymore.  Yes, I still kick and scream a tiny bit once in a while, but I know the reward that awaits me at the end of the day   .   .   . 

I see that faint wisp of a smile on my Father’s face and the tiny twinkle in His eye.  Yes, He loves me so!

 

12 comments on “Are You a Whiner?

  1. Guilty as charged. Did you take a sneek peak at my life before you wrote those examples? I try to control my whining, and remind myself often of the Israelites that grumbled and complained – and the fact that they angered God; but sometimes I’m off and running at full whining speed before I realize it. It is a battle indeed. And coffee only goes so far with me. 🙂

  2. Lifelong battle; I continue to see how much I am like the the children of Israel wandering and whining in the wilderness…

  3. Joyce de vivre says:

    Reblogged this on Featured Scribbles and commented:
    Thanks for this reminder Jeanne 🙂

  4. Marie says:

    Man… A post on whining…

    Just what I needed to hear today. 🙂

  5. Great Post. I often find that I have to push past my natural strength and tap into God’s strength because I the sickness I endure. But I know one thing I never regret tapping into His strength and going beyond myself.

  6. Debbie says:

    I dose my whines with coffee 😀 but I think I still have some internal whining going on from time to time. Thanks, friend, for reminding me to keep a lid on it! 😀
    Debbie

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