Complaining places our focus in the wrong places–it is no call to prophetic justice or kingdom building speech. Complaining focuses primarily on ourselves, our unmet expectations, our petty grievances. Watch what you say today and pray that God will give you the grace not to complain. Meditate on Colossians 4:6–”Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.