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A Trappist monk was allowed to say only two words every three years. After the first three years, he said to the Brother Superior, “Bad bed.” Three years later he came back to say, “Bad food.” After three more years of silence the monk said, “No TV.” Another three years passed. This time the monk appeared with robes and sandals in hand and announced, “I quit.” The Brother Superior answered, “It’s no wonder. You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here!”

That story makes me laugh.

I remember a few years ago, I shared a challenge on Facebook that I heard about.  The challenge was “Go 24 hours without complaining – not even once – then watch how your life starts changing.”   I honestly can’t remember if I made it 24 hours.  I’d bet that I didn’t.  Is it possible to go a day and not complain about traffic or the weather or robocalls??  Haha!  What I do remember is the reaction of a few of my Facebook friends.  Some of them figured it wasn't even worth trying because they knew they would fail.  I thought it was still a worthy challenge.  Even going an hour without complaining would be a happy and positive thing.    

Instead of complaining, I think we have to be retrained to think differently. The Bible says, “Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, or admirable, think on these things.” It doesn’t say, “Try to think on these things.” Would God tell us to do something that is impossible to do? You can choose what you let your mind dwell on.  Choose wisely.  It does make a difference.

Have a happy day!  : )

2 Comments

Yes, I love that scripture, Jane! Thank you for sharing! : )
As always, you have such wisdom. I tend to complain about my job circumstances. Many times I have to say this scripture to myself: "Whatever you do, do your work heartily as to the Lord, not as to men. For from the Lord you will receive the reward of your inheritance."

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