Through Clinched Teeth

Good morning, peeps!

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” – Philippians 4:8

Chronic complainers get on my nerves. Yes, I do realize that is a complaint, which is why it tickled me to type it. We’ve all done it. Not the tickle me part – complain.  And some of us will do it repeatedly today.


I’m just kidding.  I am not going to challenge you to go 30 days without complaining because then I’d have to do it, too. (Don’t you just hate when people try to give you a challenge like they are all perfect and stuff?  Oh.  I just complained right there.  Drat!)  Here is my challenge: if/when you complain, counter it with words that are positive about the person or situation. Think on what’s honest, just, and of good report. And if there be any praise…y’all get it. And I want you to say it out loud.  Yes.  I want you to get used to hearing goodness coming from your lips.  Remember the power of your tongue (Proverbs 18:21). My mom used to tell me that God knows just how dangerous that little bump-covered sucker can be and that’s why He imprisoned our tongue behind a set of teeth. Use ’em! And I mean for more than clenching or “biting your tongue”: use them to help the tongue form positive words.  Oh, and it doesn’t matter if you just think the complaint and not say it aloud (y’all ain’t slick): counter that negative thought with godly ones.

Let’s live life well. Have a good one!


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