“Do everything without complaining or arguing. Then you will be innocent and without any wrong. You will be God’s children without fault. But you are living with crooked and mean people all around you, among whom you shine like stars in the dark world. You offer the teaching that gives life.” (Philippians 2:14-16a)
There are two categories of people in the world… contributors and complainers.
For complainers, nothing is ever right and nothing is ever good enough. No one can ever please them, neither can anyone soothe them. There is always a reason why things aren’t right and they’re always ready to tell the world about it.
Contributors are known for slaving away on any given day for no reason other than helping someone else out. They don’t mind if the person is a stranger or one of their closest friends. And, typically, they help them out without a thought of whether that person really deserves their effort. They never consider what they will get out of the deal. Contributors sacrifice their time, energy, money and comfort so that someone else will benefit.
There are contributors and complainers in every workplace, every home, every church and every classroom. And the ability of each one of these to move forward and make an impact depends mostly on which group they have more of.
If you spend ten minutes complaining, you have just wasted ten minutes.
If you take the time to contribute – to pour into and serve another person, you have changed their life.
In the story of the Good Samaritan, the priest and the Levite first asked themselves: “If I stop and help this man, what will happen to me?” The Samaritan asked instead, “If I don’t stop and help this man, what will happen to him?”
Take a moment and ask yourself: Am I a contributor or am I a complainer? Am I building godly momentum or am I stalling it? Am I a blessing to the lives around me or an emotional drain?
Your answer has an eternal impact.