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*New WOW! Are You a Complainer?

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Kathleen Dillard

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  1. Helen
    April 17th, 2016 | #1

    I also want to say Kathleen and the Praterayercentral team if you see this thank you for all of your work and your ministry. It is such a blessing to me over so many years. PS I love the new photo!

  2. Helen
    April 15th, 2016 | #2

    Sorry I need to change my last sentence in the post below. Depending on the situation, part of the world living in, etc. actually sometimes it may be more dangerous and thus require much greater courage to complain than not to.

  3. Helen
    April 15th, 2016 | #3

    Please note an exception regarding bullying that can take place in the workplace with family, in a marriage or relationship (even including rape), certainly bullying at school as many reports show even as young as in grammar school up to even college plus young adults and in other much more serious ways. There is also medical suffering either with wrongly prescribed medication, unknown or uninformed about side effects, mistreatment or errors by doctors, and some things that are so horrific that are part of documents released under freedom of information act that one can hardly believe these things transpired. There are many hidden evils people and certainly Christians are bombarded with as well. I write this from place of thorough research as well as having experienced victimization/bullying. I think the most important distinction is to listen to a person and be sure not to dismiss too readily as a complainer. As this label may serve to silence. I have also witnessed legitimate complaints in a workplace where the people who were in the wrong got away with injustice because when attempts were made to report they said oh so and so just likes to complain. I agree that faithful believers ought to be strong and to that this WOW point is valid and advice to take. However I feel it is so important to note these other points as well. In many situations Christians also need to say this is not right and I have to speak out against it or tell someone so that he/she can help. I also need to add the importance of not leaving a person alone saying oh you complain too much as Christians should not want to see others alone. More importantly I have found frommy life experiences as well as research that two things have happened. Legitimate complaints were ignored. People who tried to speak up were silenced or intimidated by being mislabeled as a complainer. I have also found it rare that someone complains needlessly (myself included). I have found the greater problem to be silence that results in suffering of the individual and extending to problem we see in society and the world at large. On a more personal note I have been bullied and called out the person on it and she then set up a very deceptive set of events and tried to silence my reporting by calling it whining and complaining. So to sum up if a person complains when they shouldn’t be it will not be good but likely not to be as dangerous a situation as if a person fails to complain/report something when they should.

  4. Michael
    April 14th, 2016 | #4

    Thank you Kathleen!!! You’re awesome – God bless you!

  5. Karl & Karen
    April 13th, 2016 | #5

    Hey there Kathleen & girls. Great word; do not be a complainer!. My, how we all have done it from time to time. I pray all is well. Do you need anything. Blessings to all and much joy to you as well. Karl & Karen