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Allergic to whining???

“Do everything without complaining and arguing.”
~Philippians 2:13

So, I have a very strange dog. Not only does she not like slow/sappy songs, but she also sneezes when she whines. And no, I am not making any of this up. She’ll be whining and prancing around in her kennel and then she’ll just start sneezing. She’ll whine some more and then sneeze. It’s almost as if she’s allergic to whining.

This got me thinking about how much I whine and complain and argue about my life.  I hate to say it, but in all honesty, I’m pretty good at complaining, whining, and arguing. Some days it seems to just happen naturally. Other days something just rubs me the wrong way and I just crack.

But as I’ve been paying closer attention to my actions and attitudes; I’ve noticed a few triggers.

  1. Not spending time with God each day
  2. The trap of comparison
  3. Being ungrateful

Some mornings I’ll wake up and run downstairs to hop on my phone to check in on social media instead of spending time with God like I should be doing. And I know better. I know what I should be doing, I just don’t do it. It’s that simple. However, although that check-in on social media is a short-term pleasure it leaves me feeling down and icky first thing in the morning. I can easily waste 15-45 minutes scrolling through various sites and by the time I become aware of the time I’m shocked at how much time I have wasted and have nothing of importance done for the day.

This leads me right into my second trigger: the comparison trap. Scrolling through social media, reading useless articles, watching videos, etc can all open the door to comparison. Wishing we had the life of another person, believing that their posts are the everyday norm. We so easily forget that other people have challenges and bad days too. Social media is all about sharing the good or best parts of life. What we don’t see are the challenges, struggles, and tears of the other person. We compare our worst to their best. And that’s just not fair; to us or them.

When we compare our lives to others we become blinded to the blessings that God has placed in our path. We’re so busy wishing we had something different that we don’t see all the good things that we do have. All of these things lead me down the road of whining and complaining, the final destination is a discontented life.

Although I may not be “allergic” to whining, I can easily see the negative effects that it has on my life. What are some of your bad attitude triggers and solutions? Feel free to share them below.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue