The spiritual gift of complaint!
I used to have it. I still do if I try really hard! Wait, that's not really true. I should have said; I still do if I don't try really hard ! ;-) Are ya feelin' me!
Here's the deal. A little over two months ago, our Pastor (Craig Groeschel of Life Church) presented an amazing series called "I Quit". One of the sermons was titled "I Quit Complaining." I can't explain it, but that message REALLY spoke to me. I hadn't really thought of myself as a complainer before, and if I had, I would have thought myself justified. Not anymore.
When I really made a concerted effort to evaluate what was coming out of my mouth, I found that I was a bit of a mutterer - complaining under my breath and punctuating my annoyance/frustration/laziness with heavy sighs and internal eye rolls! I was also really good at cloaking my complaint with sarcasm or passive aggressive digs. It wasn't very becoming!
Well, I am happy to report that with the help of the Holy Spirit, I have made a concerted effort to improve in this area, and I think that I have been successful (for the most part). My first step was to regulate the words that came out of mouth. Turns out; it's a lot of fun to sprinkle words of life onto (and into) someone and watch him/her blossom!
I'll let you know how step two (letting people off the hook) is going when I have a few good examples under my belt!
Bye for now,