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A Cowboy’s Faith: There’s really nothing to gripe about

buchmanhead“Quit complaining. It doesn’t do any good.”

Others have insisted that to us recently, and we frequently must remind our self of the same.

We truly have nothing whatsoever to gripe about, but we do. It’s a habit, a rut, we seem to get into, and that’s the only excuse there is, even though that’s not a legitimate one.

It’s too dry. It’s too wet. It’s too cold. It’s too hot. The wind is blowing too hard. It’s too still out. It’s such a dreary day. The sun’s too bright. Gasoline is too high. Taxes are too high. Everything costs too much. There’s never enough money.

This steak is too tough. That soup is too spicy. These potatoes are cold. Don’t dare anyone complain: “Food is too high.” It’s still the biggest bargain around, despite being higher than we’ve ever seen the bill. Again, we must not forget everything else (paper goods, aspirin, chigger dope, etc.) in the grocery cart that isn’t food often hikes the amount more than nutritional necessities.

Moreover, that truck doesn’t run right. That spare tire on the trailer is flat. The jack is missing. That gelding runs off every time we try to catch him. That horse is going to tear the barn down pulling back like that. How come these stalls are so filthy? It goes on and on.

However, we’re far from a loner. Actually, our long list is likely shorter, or we’d like to credit our self that it is, than those around us. Everybody seems to be moaning about something. This truly is a country of complainers.

True, there are some who have a legitimate grievance, but nearly all that we hear are so very unimportant. We certainly have nothing to complain about.

As far as we know, we have our health, mentally and physically, although there are those who question the first of that equation. We have food on our table, shirt on our back, roof over our head, family, friends, a horse in the barn and our God and Savior for the hereafter. Life is good.

Reminds us of Philippians 2:14: “Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining and questioning and doubting.” Still, probably, Matthew 13:50: “There will be a lot of desperate complaining, but it won’t do any good.”

A Cowboy’s Faith is a weekly column by Frank J. Buchman.

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