Journey 3 Day 26 – Thankfulness as an antidote to grumbling

15 Apr

So I’m 4 days into my anti grumbling mini journey within a journey! Its been a challenge but so far I’ve been able to do it. I think the main reason has been a whole host of people, resources and helpers that have provided great antidotes to the potential of caving in and just grumbling.

Thankfulness (A theme explored helpfully by Mark Powley in his recent Lent Journey) has been the key antidote to enabling this grumble free journey so far.

Family, Friends, Reflecting on what I do have rather than what I don’t have/need and many more things have been incredibly helpful. Being at work all weekend and remembering just how much I have has been a real help. This film by Dr Scott Todd explaining how much progress has been made, and can still be made in the fight against poverty is really profound.

I’m also thankful for a great weekend, great people, great food, great music and a great sense of people wanting to learn, be challenged and also have fun at the same time. How can I grumble after all this?

Well…. I still have 3 days to go… so It could still go horribly wrong!!

I also watched The Voice tonight. The profound and brilliant moment of Jaz Ellington (what a name while we are at it!) brought me great joy and a real wow moment!

I’m caught in a little bit of tension. Discontentment, protest, challenging and asking the why questions with passion are so key to bringing about and seeing change take place. However contentment, thankfulness and gratitude are also the key to remaining open, positive and reducing grumbling. Maybe we need both.


Posted by on April 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Journey 3 Day 26 – Thankfulness as an antidote to grumbling

  1. booklessbunch

    April 16, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Hi Matt – still enjoying your thoughts! I totally agree that we need both discontent & protest as well as contentment & thankfulness. I guess the difference between grumbling and righteous discontent is that one is self-centred and negative (grumbling doesn’t offer a solution, it just goes in circles) and the other is other-centred and has a positive motivation (desiring righteous change is always leading somewhere and undergirded by vision). There’s a great biblical tradition of righteous complaint, as distinct from grumbling – How long, O Lord?

  2. booklessbunch

    April 16, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Hi Matt, still enjoying this … and also loved the Jaz Ellington moment – seeing and Jessie J both moved to tears!! I totally agree that we need both discontent / complaint and also contentment / thankfulness. There’s a big difference between grumbling (which is essentially self-centred and negative, going in circles and leading nowhere) and righteous complaint (which is about justice, and has a positive directional vision-fuelled momentum). There’s a great biblical tradition of righteous complaint – “How long, O Lord?”. Grumbling leads inward and downward, righteous complaint leads to positive change.

    • mattcurrey

      April 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Hi Dave. Thanks for continuing to read the blog and for your encouragement and for this very helpful comment!


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