While out on my run this morning, I was thinking about how this advice comes in handy for adults too. We sometimes resort to whining when plans don’t progress the way we envision them progressing.
But, I can think of three much more productive alternatives to complaining.
Why is this so hard to do? Why is it that we often throw tantrums or pity parties first? Prayer will always shift our focus off of the situation and onto Him.
Discuss the concern with Him and see if your attitude changes.
2. Count Your Blessings
We often get fixated on what we don’t have and forget about all we do have. I recently watched this video and it made me so thankful for the things I often take for granted.
Gratitude helps us to put our whining into perspective and reminds us of what is important.
Instead of grumbling about why things are the way they are… perhaps we need to act. Several years ago, I was whining that my church really needed to start a recovery-type small group for people in need of a safe place to come and find healing.
I kept saying…why don’t we have something like that? We need a group like that! So, one Sunday I approached an elder friend at church and
shared whined to him about why we needed this option.
His response was, “That sounds like a great idea! Would you be willing to lead the group?”
Gulp. Me? You mean the girl who’s afraid to open her mouth in public (except this one time when she’s whining).
“Umm…yeah, I guess I could.”
If we can be a part of the solution then we need to stop whining and we need to act.
Thou Shalt Pray
Thou Shalt Count Blessings
Thou Shalt Act.
Can you think of other productive alternatives to whining?
Share them below.
Linking up with Jen today at Finding Heaven.