Good Old Fashioned Complaining

Set a guard, LORD, before my mouth, keep watch over the door of my lips.

Psalm 141:3

At confession recently, I was discussing a sin of mine with the priest... I sin of mine I truly detest... Complaining.  Yep... Old fashioned complaining.  I detest this sin so greatly because it is the ultimate ingratitude.  Saint Benedict was particularly concerned about avoiding grumbling at all costs.  

I know that I am so blessed to live the life I live today... to have the family I have, to endure the sufferings I endure, and to experience the incredible joy and love and fulfillment that is so abundant in my daily life. My blessing cup pours over... so when I catch myself complaining, I am instantly horrified that i could even consider being so ungrateful.

Let us consider how it feels when we pour our hard work, time, effort, energy, life, and love into a project for others... only to have the recipients unimpressed or dismissive of all that went into it. 

So next time Lord, when I start to complain... set a guard before my mouth... that I might never be ungrateful for the way that You provide for me in this life.  

May I be ever mindful and joyously grateful for all that You provide... the big... and the small... and most importantly for the Love you poured out for me on that cross.

Amen.

“The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy.”

-St. Teresa of Calcutta