Titus 2:3 - Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.
Have you recently had trouble with mice or rats in your cupboards? You go to the hardware store and buy a couple of traps. You place some cheese or peanut butter on the trap, set it and leave it under your cupboards waiting until the trap snaps and captures a mouse. Do you know that complaining can become a trap? We start out by placing something on the trap that’s made of gossip or envy. Then we put the trap out in front of us waiting for someone to take the bait and become trapped. It’s easy – all you have to do is complain a little. Put someone down. Stir up a little anger. That’s when the trap is sprung hurting those around us and trapping them. Let’s back up and not even set the trap up. Find ways to compliment those around you. Give them encouragement. Find something good to pass on instead of getting trapped in the vicious cycle of complaining. God wants each of us to think of others before ourselves. We weren’t meant to be complainers but to show the world the beauty of finding the good in others.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.