(September 4, 2021) Carol Round challenges us about grumbling…
Most people probably aren’t aware of how much they grumble!
James had something to say about complaining – ‘Friends, don’t complain about each other. A far greater complaint could be lodged against you, you know. The Judge is standing just around the corner’ (James 5:9Mge).
I used to laugh when my dad used that expression, which originated, according to some sources back to medieval times when people had to be hung with a new rope to ensure it didn’t break. The idiom became a satirical way of chastising those who tend to complain even about the most trivial things.
Thus, the irony of complaining about the roughness of new rope around the neck when one should be really worrying about the much more important matter of being executed.
Without realising it, griping can become a habit, leading to overlooking the good in life and in others.(more…)