Does It Pay to Complain?

Recently I heard this story . . .

A young man who wanted some spiritual formation went to a monastery with a code of silence.  Once a year there would be a meeting with his mentor and he could say three words.

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After his first year of living in the monastery he met with his mentor.  The mentor said, “Okay, Joe, you’ve been here a year now, what are your three words?”

Joe said, “Bed is hard.”

After his second year of living in the monastery he again met with his mentor.  The mentor said, “Okay, Joe, you’ve been here now two years, what are your three words?”

Joe said, “Food is bad.”

After his third year of living in the monastery he again met with his mentor.  The mentor said, again, “Okay, Joe, you’ve been here now three years, what are your three words?”

Joe said, “Light is broken.”

The mentor said to him, “Joe, you might as well leave.  You’ve been here for three years and all you’ve done is complain!”

After your chuckle, this does bring up a good point.  How much are we complaining about the circumstances in our life?

The Apostle Paul reminds us, “Do everything without complaining and arguing . . .” — Phil 2:14

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About Dave Grissen

David & Sheri Grissen spent 44 years in mission and humanitarian aid work. In 2003 they established Life Impact, a ministry of strengthening Christian workers in hosted centers, called Oases. Presently 12 Oases are functioning. www.LifeImpactMinistries.net. In 2016 they started Fund The Ministry to help missionaries create new funding for their ministries. www.FundTheMinistry.com. They have five married children and fifteen grandchildren.

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