Living in an Outhouse


Adulting is fun. Kinda. Like, when you get a job that enables you to talk with dozens of different people each time you clock in. You never know just who you’re gonna meet. But, there is one thing I can count on: the conversation. grumpy

According to most of the people I talk to, the weather is never good enough, they hate their jobs,  everybody is messed up,  gas is too expensive,  so-and-so is a dumb presidential candidate, their new iPhone isn’t shiny enough…

To put it bluntly: Most people I talk to act like  their life  stinks more than an outhouse in the middle of summer. 

…Has it ever occurred to you that, you may be the problem?

That maybe, it’s not about the weather or gas prices or politicians–but about your thought life and the words you allow yourself to speak?

I’ll be the first to agree that cold-weather is less than pleasant and gas prices did go up and that America is most definitely in need of God-fearing leaders…

But, I have no desire to waste my life grumbling, when there’s much more productive things my words could be doing. 

Human beings tend to be excellent complainers.  It’s not that hard to find a reason to whine–most of us have been doing it since childhood.

When you allow yourself to indulge in complaints, it’s like putting on a pair of glasses, and suddenly your entire view is changed…nothing is good enough and everything seems a tad more difficult. You become glum. Discontent. Grouchy. Irritable.

Life is hard. Really. You’re probably going through some rough stuff right now–each one of us has our share of challenges and unpleasant situations to sort through…

What if you changed your words though? What if, instead of focusing on your challenges (or the bad weather or less-than-awesome news headlines) you focused on Jesus and how good He is? What if you challenged yourself to notice the small things that went well today–they yummy sandwich you had for lunch or pretty sunset on the drive home?

What if you took your thoughts off of yourself and your discomfort, and put them on the Lord, who is so faithful and so much bigger than all of it?

Sure, work may still be hard and your iPhone may still be scratched…but there’s a much bigger story going on. 

And, if for no other reason, complaining just puts you and everyone around you in a bad mood and wastes your time. God has a beautiful plan and purpose for you today! Get out  of your “mental outhouse” and go live it!



(For further study, check out:  Ephesians 4:29, Philippians 2:14, James 1:2-4)



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