Fast from complaining and anger - Feast on appreciation and patience, is our Lenten message for this week. Most people complain about something now and then. Some people seem to complain all the time. Perhaps you too have noticed that those who complain the most do not always realize that they are doing it.
Many times, people complain just to strike a conversation or because they are looking for validation for something they believe to be wrong. Sometimes they complain because they are impatient and do not like to wait for something they want.
Constant complainers tend to get stuck in a negative reality which gives them more reasons to complain. Think about it, the more we complain, the more we reinforce negative feelings and thoughts, and this can lead to anxiety and depression. I have read, that depression does not only affect the mind; it also affects the body.
For this reason, it is important to replace negative thoughts with possible alternatives. Next time you catch yourself complaining, stop. Recognize that the thoughts that are going through your mind are simply thoughts, this will help you fast from complaining and anger. Once you realize that God makes you uncomfortable, so you can grow, be grateful for the Lord's presence in your life and feast on appreciation and patience.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. - Romans 12:12