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Are You a Complainer


“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.”

~ Jesus

Are you a complainer? Your first answer might be: NO. Mine was. Until I recorded a Word of the Week by that title recently.

You might say, “what’s so bad about complaining?” Everyone does it. You can complain about your health, your job, your spouse or your mouse in your house.

Let me ask you this, do you know people who are complainers? If you do, one thing is sure, you won’t want to spend a lot of time listening to them. Why? Maybe because they get on your nerves. Weigh you down. Give you something you need to shake off later.

Complaining is something we all may do from time to time. But if you find yourself complaining on a regular basis, you might want to give this some attention.

God’s solution for complaining is simple, “Cast all your anxiety on Me because I care for you.” He cares for YOU.

Complaining, after-all, is just an attempt to get others to care about us, isn’t it? In the end you will always feel gypped. And on top of that you might find yourself alone too. Because people’s ears get tired and besides that no human can deliver like God does.

The next time someone asks you, “How are you doing today?” Take time to think about your answer. Let’s sound like someone who has their hope planted in God’s compassion and capacity.

People need this today. Let’s bring it!

In His Love and Mine,

Kathleen Dillard

Kathleen Dillard


For additional reading check out Keith Green’s article on Grumbling and Complaining.

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  1. Helen
    April 12th, 2016 | #1

    Hello. As per what I wrote below it is likely my original post was too long and couldn’t make the cut based on the word limit. That is too bad because try as I may I dont believe I will be able to adequately express my viewpoints as well as I did the first time. However, since the topic of listening is something I feel very genuinely about I will try to add my opinions a little at a time. Hopefully I will still manage to write everything I did the first time. I will begin with saying that as a long time follower and supporter of prayercentral I am thinking perhaps some parts of this message are akin to a critical thinking test. I think this because I believe lending a sincere and loving listening ear at all times to really hear another is crucial to being a Christian. I think as Christians we should never allow someone else to be left all alone out in the cold because Jesus lives in everyone. Sometimes lazy listening or lack of Christian listening mislabels another as a ‘complainer’ when really the person has something to say that needs to be heard. If we truly care about another person they will not get on our nerves and we will not want to later shake off what they had to say. My motto is complain away. I would rather hear what another person needs to say than to silence another via rejection of them by non listening. I could not imagine Jesus doing that, could you? We are called to follow Jesus’ example. Once I hear another it is my job as a Christian to help and if I am unable to I must pray for help. In my opinion successful listening will allow a person’s spirit to soar whereas silencing the person will push them down even further than they were before to begin with. If you are lovingly listening to another and trying to help and the person is yelling at you, the very person who is there for them to help them (as this has happened to me with someone I was trying to help) then clearly that person is dealing with some trials and needs that much more listening love an patience. During these current days of horrific bullying mentality let’s ensure that we never miss the cue to listen to another. Listening is the most important thing we can do. Most people will not and can not ‘complain’ if all is well. If it seems like someone is ‘complaining’ we need to use our God given ears and hear.

  2. Helen
    April 11th, 2016 | #2

    Hello. I wrote a lenghty comment to this last night that I thought was important and it seems to have vanished today although it was there after I had written it. I could try to write it again however I don’t know if it will come out as eloquent the second time around. Still I’ll give it a go. I am also writing to inform that at the time I first went to this page yesterday I had an unusual pop up of a social media page which seemed like a remote access or hack of my device. So hopefully Kathleen or anyone at prayercentral may read this in the event it impacts prayercentral in some way. Please know it was not my doing and I have no idea what happened. I don’t have social media accounts and have no plans to in the future. I certainly didn’t go to that website that suddenly popped up as I was on this one. I will take steps to report it to my internet provider as well. Thank you so much. God Bless! PS I will try to redo my prior posting in a little while. Thank You, Helen

  3. Rena
    February 26th, 2016 | #3

    Thank you for this message. I know I get tired of complainers so fast and yet after reading this I realized there are certain people I complain around. I guess to get them to think I have a hard time. I did enjoy if you can enjoy when something comes to light you need to change. God Bless

  4. susan raspin
    February 26th, 2016 | #4

    Thank you Kathleen very appropriate to me today, God Bless you.

  5. Joan Zachariah
    February 26th, 2016 | #5

    Thanks for that message. We don’t think we’re complainers until it is brought to our attention. I know God is my source, my sustainer, my all, but I still complain when my legs hurt or things don’t seem to quite mesh. Thanks again for reminding me that I should rejoice and be glad because this IS the day the Lord has made. Have a good one and God bless and keep you.

  6. Lisa
    February 25th, 2016 | #6

    I have mixed thoughts on this idea. Absolutely yes, we are to cast all of our anxieties on the Lord. However, God often uses others to meet our needs. We must share our need, our prayer requests to make others aware to address the need.
    There is a difference between this request and complaining. It is up to each individual to recognize this.

  7. Duane Richardson
    February 25th, 2016 | #7

    A very good word! Thanks for reminding me.