Written by cycleguy on August 10th, 2017

This is not a post about waking up in the middle of the night with your belly aching.

I’m not sure how common it was in your neck of the woods but in the part of Pennsylvania I grew up in (near Pittsburgh), it was common to hear someone say, “Oh quit your bellyaching!” I’m sure you are smart enough to know they were telling the person to quit complaining and griping.

Seems to me that particular vice comes easily too easily to some people. When it is all sifted and sorted through, bellyaching is nothing more than a snarky attitude about life. It isn’t a new problem either. The people of Israel had a handle fully on that plow. You can see it Numbers 11 and Deuteronomy 1: 19-36. The latter is a pretty well known story of how the Israelites had a chance to move into the Promised Land but allowed the complaining and griping to drown out the reassurance of Joshua and Caleb that they could take that land.

Complaining has no boundaries or class of people it is limited to. Rich and poor. White or black (or any color). Believer or non-believer. You name it; you will find complaining.

Sunday’s sermon continues the series on Grace as I look at this very common trait among people who have been shown grace. Your prayers would be appreciated. By the way: are you a bellyacher? A complainer? Oh yeah…and for your listening pleasure I am showing this video to start the sermon. It’s called a Throwback. Enjoy!!


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. No belly-aching for me, Bill! I will definitely keep you in my prayers. Blessings!

  2. It’s so easy for me to fall into complaining and I’m trying to re-train myself to look for thanks and gratefulness. I think it’s a daily, hourly, exercise for me to have to work hard at. Not there yet. 🙂

    Jennifer Dougan

  3. floyd says:

    Whining and complaining is one of those habits that are too easy to fall into. Some cultures within our culture use complaining as a constant form of communication. Drives me nuts.

    I try to go out of my way to not complain. Everyone can justify their complaints, but the humble person keeps their mouth shut to complaining and open to thanksgiving.

    You know which group is more pleasant to be around…

    Praying for you, Bill.

    Big thumbs down on that song!

    • cycleguy says:

      I’m with you on the being driven nuts Floyd. It is maddening. I know I’m not perfect but I seriously try not to complain. And yes, I know which group i want to hang around. But I’m disconcerted. You didn’t like the song? Why oh why? 🙂

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