Okay, I realize that I should probably warn you up front – this whole No Wimpy Chicks series is definitely not going to be easy on any of us. So many areas of wimpy-ness that must be tackled if we’re going to put our big girl panties on and become strong and courageous women of the Most High God!
Like I said yesterday, life sure ain’t for sissies – but neither is spiritual strength training. So grab your Bible and lets start flexing some spiritual muscles! We’re gonna be buff before you know it!
Today’s topic – “ARE YOU WHINING?”
Big girls may cry, but when they whine – well, it’s just an ugly site in more ways than one.
The other day I was talking to a friend about where I am in a specific area of my life, where I know I’m supposed to be and the dilemmas I’ve been facing. And then, without warning, it happened…I commenced to let the whining begin! It was a hideous thing!
And the sound! Oh my goodness…it was just as hideous!
I don’t understand why…
But I just want to know…
Why isn’t God doing this or that for me?
Whah, whah, whah, whah, whah! Oh somebody, please call the whambulance!
And could someone please remind me that one of the chapters in my soon to be released Bible study on Ecclesiastes is a humorous – almost sarcastic look at Solomon’s self-endulging sanctuary of selfishness entitled, Me, Myself and I?
Have you ever looked at your circumstances and then – in your peripheral vision – you get a glimpse of someone else’s circumstances and wonder why your world can’t turn on its axis as easily as theirs?
I try so hard to “not” be that person, but somehow I had just blossomed into a weed of a whiner! I’ve spent years manuevering through life with blinders on. Like a horse who can only see what’s immediately in front of them – I’ve desperately tried to maintain that focus on the finish line.
My painful past has taught me that a rearview mirror view of my life will only cause me to crash. So looking forward has been a key component to walking in victory for this little southern girl who once had a bad past and bleak future!
And so – I don’t look back for long. I may glance, but I don’t stare!
However, my recent whining tantrum wasn’t from looking back, it was from looking around!
But how often have you heard the strong whine? That’s because whining is for the wimpy, not the strong!
SO LET’S FLEX:
Well, since a muscle is only strengthened through proper stretching and flexing of it, then we need to strengthen our spriritual muscles by properly stretching ourselves in some areas and flexing the Word of God in our lives.
Below are a few verses to help us stretch and flex our way to a whine free zone in our hearts and lives. I’ve boldfaced a few key instructions to remind us that our workout is never without pain, but always with the promise of His presence and His power!
Philippians 2:13-15 (Amplified)
“13[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.
14Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and [d]questioning and doubting [among yourselves],
15That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guiltless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world.”
Walking through this life without whining only happens when we rely on His strength; when we’re consistently conscience that He is working in us, through us and for us; when we intentionally chose to DO ALL THINGS without grumbling, faultfinding or whining.
And yes…there is a huge difference between sharing our burdens and whining! We share our lives and our burdens so that we can encourage and pray for one another. We walk through difficult times with each other because we love one another with the love of Christ.
Difficult days are real! They happen to us all! And we need to share those painful places of our lives with one another!
But whining…well, whining is another story! Whining displays a lack of trust in God! Whining is complaining about your circumstances with a “Why me?” attitude and “Woe is me!” mentality!
Sharing our burdens means we continue to focus on God: Whining means we shift the focus to ourselves!
Wimpy chicks whine. Strong chicks trust.
Wimpy chicks complain. Strong chicks rest.
Wimpy chicks grumble. Strong chicks pray.
Here’s a little workout: Go to Biblegateway.com and find out how many verses contain the word complaining or grumbling. Then look up the word content and rest. Make a note of the ones that will add muscle to your faith and strength to your character. 🙂
So, today…are you a wimpy whiny chick – or are you strong? Are you ready to flex your spiritual muscles and get busy doing what the Word says? Are you putting off whining and putting on an attitude of gratitude? If not – FLEX sweet friend!