Friday, July 20, 2012

about Complaining

This was posted at The Morning Offering Wednesday... It spoke to my heart today as I complain about the fact that it is pouring rain.  No, I wasn't being treated unfairly by people, but this is very good to remember when complaining about anything!  I will read it to the children today.

If we are always complaining about how unfairly we are treated, we will have failed in our imitation of Christ, Who was abused by His enemies unto death. We should strive to reign with Our Lord by loving our enemies and never complain. Christ looked towards His Heavenly Father and when we are tempted to complain we should gaze upon the cross.

Complaining disturbs the heart and distracts us from the Path. Complaining weakens our resolve and interferes with the acquisition of peace and holiness. When we complain we are rejecting the role of suffering as a means towards the union with God. Complaining keeps our heart from soaring to the heavens and experiencing the joy that can be had when we surrender ourselves into the protective arms of Jesus.

With love in Christ,

Abbot Tryphon