Concerning such Chuck Swindoll tells the following story from Women of Faith, of which his sister is a part. (Edited for sake of space).
“Because we oversold the auditorium for a meeting we had to rearrange the seating by adding 1500 chairs. We had to call 3000 ticket holders and share this with them. At the meeting, we announced apologies several times, and still there was a fair amount of grumbling. We asked Joni Erickson Toda, our featured speaker to offer apologies one more time. (Joni has been a quadriplegic since a teen when she dove into the Chesapeake Bay, hit her head on a rock). When Joni was wheeled to the platform, she stated to the audience:
“I understand some of you are not sitting in the chairs you expected to be sitting in tonight. Well, neither an I and I’ve been sitting in mine for more than thirty years.” And then she said softly, “I have at least 1,000 friends who would give anything to be sitting in the chair you’re in if only for tonight.”
Mary adds, “Nobody complained after that.” (Saying it Well page 181 Swindoll, Faith Words).
Often the urge or should I say the need, to register a complaint is but a symptom of a need to be noticed, to be seen as a very important person whom you are not pleasing. And in their opinion you were put on earth to make them happy! We will surely fail if we attempt to make this effort.
In the early days of the ministry the Lord called me to, I often would fret for weeks at a time over a complaint about the temperature in the building, the crying baby that could be heard county wide, or the soloist who couldn’t break glass but was more than able to shatter your hearing apparatus. And God forbid the oft repeated, “Well, Reverend Lilly, I discovered with this one visit why you’re referred to as ‘Neverend Lilly!’”
I managed to overcome this verbiage that precipitated my plunges in the Slough of Despond by simply being thankful for the calling of Jesus on my life. This sure knowledge has carried me on eagle wings through many a storm.
1Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
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