Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
Complaining (Part 2)
A Personal Story
Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.
James 5:9 (NASB)
Although I'm almost 60, I remember my last spanking. Or at least its attempt. I think I was seven or eight. I have no idea what I did wrong, but surely something. Because my dad was dragging me to a spanking. Yes, dragging. In a rebellious fit, I refused to walk.

Deliberately, I swung my leg into a chair and cried out to my mother, 'He's hurting me.' She bit the bait and said, 'Jack, you're hurting her.' Like Adam to Eve, he yielded to a bad call. My deceit marked the end of my discipline.

Therein, a way of life was established. A spoiled and cranky kid became a sharp and bossy woman. I had some virtues, but a spirit of complaint tarnished them. Even in my B.C. years, I valued integrity. I wanted to act with honor, but then I would criticize.

Consider a fault-finding fact: 99% nice can be tainted by 1% nasty. It's the principle of destructive friends, blinding beams or bitter yeast: bad company corrupts, clear vision gets cloudy and poisonous growth spreads.* Old Carey carried complaint.

But when new Carey was born, I carried the surefire Cure. Here's what surprised me the most: I could still act like a pill. Old Carey's tough to bury. Like a cheap horror movie, my corpse rose out of the grave: finger-pointing still intact.

Judging from the early disciples, personal transformation takes time. Paul reminded us: 'I die daily' (1 Corinthians 15:31).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Perhaps complaint is not your issue. But I bet you've suffered from its claw. If you know a chronic complainer, God's Spirit will lead you from its snare. Because this trap can cause you to fall.

To Be Continued...

* 'Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character' ' (1 Corinthians 15:33).

* 'You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye' (Luke 6:42).

* 'Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?' (1 Corinthians 5:6).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Complaining series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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