It was time for desert.
Grandma Paul was at our table again.
She lived only a few miles away and was a frequent guest.
Desert was offered and everyone dove in eagerly to the large portions handed out - until it came to Grandma Paul.
Clearing her throat she would say: "I'll just take a very tiny portion."
That directive was followed - often with some expressions of "are you sure that is enough?".
And her comment, after receiving her insisted-upon small portion always followed: "Well that is a very small amount."
Just a little grumbling to adjust the feelings she must have had inside aways was needed.
Saw a cartoon that portrayed a youngster having received the firm instructions to "lie down" - saying - "I may look like I am lying down, but on the inside I am standing."
Grumbling - obedience on the outside, complaining on the inside. Saying yes, and feeling no. Smiles on the face and acid in the stomach. Nice words when present - and ugly ones when out of earshot.
Grumbling is infectious. It can spread to an entire nation....actually did....and it led then to a serious crisis. (Check out the Bible - Numbers 14 for one account) I Corinthians 10:10 - do not grumble...it can lead to destruction.
Want to stop but can't seem to?
Two bits of thought:
1. Simply resolve to stop grumbling - it gets habitual. Make this the moment when you determine strongly to begin a new pattern of speech control. For extra help try the buddy system on this asking a friend to alert you to times you do, so that you can sharpen up on your tongue-control.
2. #1 doesn't seem to be helping enough? How about trying a depth personality makeover. That's what can happen when God starts to work within us. Here is one of many promises He makes: "I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone... Ezekiel 11:19.
May the words of our mouths today, give joy, and life, and love to all around us.