Are you a complainer? Think about it! Do you have problems? Do you spend quite a bit of your time complaining about this, that and the other? Well consider this vital point. There are some people who are going through much worse than you are going through and they don’t complain as much as you do and in fact, there are some who do not complain at all. I’m no saint myself, which is why I have decided to write this post to give encouragement to both myself as well as you.
I once read a story about a man who thought he had more problems than he could bear so he wanted to end his life after eating the last thing he had, a banana. So what he did was to climb up into a tree, rope in one hand, banana in the next. His plan was to eat his banana, make a noose with the rope and jump to his death. Well as he climbed up the tree and sat on a limb, he peeled the banana and dropped the peel to the ground. As he put the last mouth full in and prepared his rope, he looked below and noticed that a man had arrived on the scene below. The man picked up the banana peel, thanked God aloud for providing it as he had nothing else to eat and set about eating the peel! The man in the tree could no longer carry out his planned suicide and instead came down, counted what few blessings he thought he had and went home to work on finding solutions to his problems. I remember this post I did about how to tell if your struggle is real.
All of us have at some time or the other been disillusioned with our circumstances, but we do need to stop and take stock of reality and the fact that many people have things so much worse. Proverbs 17 v 22 is a reminder. It says: ‘ A merry heart doeth good like a medicine’. So instead of wallowing in self-pity, find something that you can do to help someone. Make yourself useful. That, believe me, will cheer you up.
The next time someone has to ask you for a loan or aid of any sort, instead of thinking, why are they asking me, thank God that you are in a better situation than they are. Thank God that you are not the one that has to ask and also thank God that he has provided you with the means to be able to help. Consider it an honour.
I’ve seen a mother, with no arms, taking care of her baby, feeding, changing everything. I’m aware of women who have had numerous miscarriages or have babies with various forms of disability, men who have gone to defend their country and have returned with lifelong scars and injuries, children who go to bed with no dinner, more than once, more than twice. Do you have any of those problems? Do you have any that compare? No? Well don’t be a habitual complainer. Thank God for the problems that you have not got. Go out and do a good deed for someone. You will be surprised how good this makes you feel.
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