Quit Your Whining

We have a dog. His name is Roscoe. We have had him for just a little over a year. He is half poodle and half Jack Russel Terrier, and he is a very nice dog. He is smart, very personable for a dog, he loves our grandkids and they love him. But he does have a couple of very annoying habits. We keep the various doors in the house closed and one of them is our bedroom door. His bed is in our bedroom along with his food dish so he is in our bedroom all night a good portion of the day. If either Patty or I go into the other part of the house he stands at the door and whines. If t is an hour he will stand there and whine for the entire hour. If I am sitting in my recliner which is in our bedroom right next to the door and Patty goes out he will start in on his whining, and I will say, “quit whining!” He quits for a few minutes and then starts in again, and I say much more emphatically, “quit whining!!” Finally after this cycle repeats itself many times I get up and put him in his kennel and cover it with a blanket. If he starts whining in his kennel I smack it hard making a very loud noise, and yell, “quit whining!!!” That usually ends the whining bout.

Whining from a dog is annoying, whining from a kid is very annoying, and whining from a grown up adult is very, very annoying.

Philippians 2:14-15 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,

There is a very thin line between many discussions today about current events and grumbling and complaining. I work hard at not grumbling or complaining about anything, but I often find myself entering into conversations that are anything but positive and affirming. It seems to be part of my human nature to whine about inconveniences, difficulties, and trials.

So, of late I have started saying to myself when I catch myself grumbling and complaining, “Roscoe, quit your whining!”

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