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Stop Thanking and Start Complaining

A friend of mine lives on the coast of Florida a few miles from Kennedy Space Center. I told him, It must be fun watching the space shuttle launches and going to the beach all the time.

I never go to the beach, he replied. I dont even go outside my house to watch the space shuttle launch.

Youre kidding me. Why? I asked.

Ive seen them so many times its no big deal.

When we see the same blessings every day, we eventually stop noticing them.

When we stop noticing, we quit appreciating.

When we quit appreciating, we stop thanking.

When we stop thanking, we start complaining.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 160-161) 


The Pessimist Who Found Money

A pessimistic man spotted some money crumpled up on the ground. He picked it up, unwadded it, and discovered it was a $1 bill.
"That's just my luck," the man complained. "If someone else had found this, it would have been a $5 bill!"
Complainers look at the negative side of every situation. They don't give thanks for what they have, but gripe because it's not more. Are you thankful, or a complainer?
Kent Crockett's Sermon Illustrations

Complaining is like bad breath

"Complaining is like bad breath, you notice it when it comes out of somebody else's mouth, but not your own." --Will Bowen

Getting Used to Blessings

          Carol decided she wanted to do something nice for her neighbor Mrs. Smith, so she baked a pie and carried it next door. When Mrs. Smith opened up her door, she was surprised to see her holding a pie. She replied, "For me?  Oh, thank you so much! You just don't know how much I appreciate it! You are so thoughtful for doing this! Thank you!"

          Because Mrs. Smith liked the pie so much, Carol decided the next week to bake her another one. When she took it over, Mrs. Smith opened the door and said, "Thank you so much. You are so kind!"

          Carol took another pie over the following week. Mrs. Smith simply replied, "Thanks."

          Carol took another pie over the next week, and Mrs. Smith responded, "You are a day late with that pie."

          The following week, Carol baked her another pie. This time her neighbor said, "Try using a little more sugar and don't bake it quite as long. The crust has been a little bit hard lately. And I'd like cherry instead of apple filling next time."

          The next week Carol was so busy, she was unable to cook for her neighbor. When Carol passed by her house on the way to the store, Mrs. Smith looked through the window and noticed she wasn't carrying a pie. She then stuck her head out the window and yelled, "Where's my pie?!"

          It's so easy to get used to our blessings. After enjoying them for a while, we begin to think we deserve them. Then instead of being thankful, we complain. It's a process that occurs so slowly, we don't even realize it's happening. (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 157-158)

Cross Reference:

The Key to Overcoming Anger

Your Disposition Determines Your Position

Don_t let whiners get their way

How to Identify Envy

It Is Your Choice

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