Sunday, February 17, 2008

10 Reasons I Avoid Chronic Complainers

At the risk of sounding like I'm complaining, (I know, I know), let me offer some follow-up to today's sermon which addressed this subject, and was based upon Philippians 2:14-15. Here's ten reasons I prefer to avoid chronic complainers:

1. People who complain all the time are unhappy people. If you hang out with a complainer it will suck all the life right out of you.

2. Complaining takes no talent and no skills. Anyone can do it!

3. Complainers never see the positive in anything only the negative. Everything is always bad.

4. Complainers can always "one-up" you and always have something worse than you. If you tell them that you had a tooth pulled by the dentist, it just so happens they had to have a root canal and an IRS audit - all in the same day!

5. It's un-Christ-like. That says it all. Doesn't it?

6. People who complain all the time only tear people down, and never build anyone up (
Ephesians 4:2).

7. When a complainer has a legitimate complaint you can't take them serious, because they complain about everything. You don't know when it's a serious complaint or just another gripe.

8. They are no fun to be around.

9. They are always willing to point out the problem, but never willing to be a part of the solution. Do not ask them to help, it's just their job to point out what is wrong.

10. Complainers feel like their "gift" came from God.

"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure,
children of God without fault
in a crooked and depraved generation,
in which you shine like stars in the universe..."
Philippians 2:14-15