Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Whine Flu- Part 3


HOW TO CONQUER THE WHINE FLU
Below are 4 thoughts about how you can vaccinate yourself against the whine flu once and for all.

1. ADMIT THAT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM.
"A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance." Prov. 28:13 (LB)
Admit it is a problem for you, not for other people, but for you. Often the most difficult part in learning how to handle complaining is recognizing it in yourself. If someone recorded you for a week, what would it reveal about your speech. How much time do you spend griping, grumping, complaining, arguing, and saying "life stinks." You've got to admit it's a problem for me.

2. ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY.
"Some people ruin themselves by their own stupid mistakes and then blame the Lord." Prov. 19:3 (GN)
When I bring problems into my life, I have no legitimate right to complain. Many times complaining is just an excuse to be irresponsible and to not accept the fact that I caused this situation. We reap what we sow. When I reap what I sow I have no legitimate right to complain about the results.

3. DEVELOP AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE.
"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I Thess. 5:18
I develop the attitude of gratitude and when I learn to be grateful for what I have. It's a tremendous antidote for complaining. Whenever we are complaining, we are usually being ungrateful. You can focus on either the negative or the positive.

4. LOOK FOR GOD'S HAND IN THE CIRCUMSTANCE
"This small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble. So we fix our attention, not on the things that are seen, but on the things that are unseen. What is seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever." 2 Cor. 4:17-18 (GN)
The reason why over and over in the Bible we are told not to complain is this, complaining is, in essence, rebellion against God. When I complain about my circumstances that are beyond my control I'm really saying "If I were God things would be different. If I were in charge the whole human race would be much better." That's rebellion and that's why it's so serious. God says don't do it.

Tomorrow I'm going to share the 5th thought about overcoming the whine flu. It is the most powerful of the 5, so don't miss it!