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May 8, 2017, 9:40 AM

If I wanted to complain, gripe/bash others, and talk about all those who have done me wrong all day, I probably could do it.  But what good would it actually do?  

Does it feel good to get it off my chest?  Maybe, for a short period; until I realize that off my chest means it is now staring me in the eyes.  Few if any are actually going to listen, and even if they do there is nothing they can really do except have their day/perspective twisted and ruined by my problems.  

How many people am I poisoning with my own bitterness when I constantly complain to others about my difficulties, hurts and pains?  How many attitudes of others am I damaging by my own vitriol?  How many lives am I dragging down by my own poor perspective.  

Now, I am not saying that there is not a time and place to be able to vent.  But most airing of grievances is not constructive at all, and it certainly does not help when you spread the minutia around to everyone that you know.  

The good news is that there is one to whom we can turn to that not only will always have time to listen, but also cannot be poisoned or persuaded by negative attitudes.  He is the only one that can bring a solution or give you the peace, grace, and strength that is needed to endure.  His name is God and He loves you and cares about you.  

“casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” - I Peter 5:7

Even better news is that He can change your outlook, perspective and attitude. He can reveal and remind you off all that you have been blessed with and shift your focus to where it needs to be.  When you are thinking of how things in life are not fair He can remind you of the unfairness of sin, and of the cross of Christ.  He can turn your eyes to focus on the God who loves you despite all the things wrong in life and remind you how one day He will make all things right and new.  

Turn to God not others with your needs, you will find that through Him and His strength that instead of spreading venom to your own detriment, you will sing a news song for His glory!