Gracepoint Church, Peabody
There once was a husband who was hard to please. He stomped into the kitchen one morning and told his wife he wanted two eggs for breakfast: one scrambled and one fried. Without comment, his extremely patient wife cooked each egg to his specifications and then quietly put the plate in front of him. The husband looked at the plate. His eyes widened, and he exclaimed, “Oh no! You fried the wrong egg.”
Ever been like that husband? Ever felt like that wife?
When we are led by a critical spirit, we develop the unfortunate and unhealthy ability to find fault with any situation. True, sometimes there are negative things that are attached to experiences in life. But a person with a critical spirit sees these things first, and perhaps, only. And he or she misses the good stuff or loses the ability to appreciate it.
Being around someone like that can be draining. The complainer sees the dark clouds. Others see the silver lining. The complainer points out the small tarnish in that silver lining.
Which kind of person are you, most of the time? Which one does your family need you to be?