I am. Just when the year started, I have had a lot in my plate at work. So many deadlines to meet, copies and articles to write, ads to publish and we had a huge familiarization tour in the Philippines where we invited a couple of Social Media Influencers to explore the best islands in the country.
Those times were hell for me. My colleagues and I were always arguing. In fact, it came to a point when I got mad at my bosses for being so demanding. Those were the days that I grumble everyday and everytime they’ll tell us what we should do.
Jon Bloom in his book Don’t Follow Your Heart says, “grumbling is a symptom of myopic soul.” It blurs our sight to whatever good thing there is in the future. I couldn’t agree more! Grumbling is a sign of:
One of the fruits of the Spirit is patience (Galatians 5:22). When we grumble and complain, we fall into the trap of the enemy to be impatient. We let the people around us know that we can’t submit to the authority and we want all things to go our own way. Romans 13:2 strictly says, “Whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed”. Just because we are Christians does not mean we can say NO to those superior to us, may they be demanding, irrational or not.
LACK OF TRUST IN GOD
Trusting God is trusting everyone He appoints. If we have bosses, friends, family members or churchmates who make us complain, let us remember that God is still sovereign above all. When they do something that is not right, we can address it to them partnered with prayer and gentle words. If they can’t seem to stop or understand where we’re coming from, pray for them instead. Only God can change their hearts and turn it upside down.
Grumbling is a sign of unforgiveness, too. When we do it everytime someone talks to us, we intensify our hatred for them. This just stops us from doing the second greatest commandment which is loving our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:39).
Most of the time, things don’t go the way we want it to be. Tendency is, we can’t help but complain here and there.
Jesus, setting the perfect example, wants us to accept everything that our superior wills for us, even if we don’t feel like it. When we do it, we represent Him in our office, home, school and/or churches and He will be well-pleased knowing that our “endurance produces character and character produces hope” (Romans 5:4).
Let me be clear, submitting to authority does not mean we will do everything they say even if it cost us from forgetting what the Bible forbids us to do. As long as it does not push us to destroy other people’s lives, we are safe to follow and obey knowing that God watches over us and our “labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58) and our “reward is great in heaven” (Matthew 5:12).
Have a blessed week!