whinge (hw nj, w nj) intr.v. whinged, whing·ing, whing·es Chiefly British. To complain or protest, especially in an annoying or persistent manner.
I recently read a blog where this word was introduced to me. And I fell in love with it immediately.
Say it outloud ~ Doesn't the sound of the word describe the meaning perfectly? Argh... The sound of the word is annoying and grates on my nerves. Pretty much the same feeling I get when someone comes to me to whinge. Makes me want to cringe. (Yes, I know. It rhymes! How great is that?)
Then I realized how often I have been guilty of whinging. And how utterly unattractive I must be whilst I whinge. Made me shudder to think of the horror of the ugliness. Then and there I decided I wouldst no longer whinge.
I just wish I could convince my children of this same idea. According to my children (on certain days) I am the worlds meanest mother.ever. Because how dare I want them to eat a healthy dinner. How dare I expect them to do a few chores. And forbid. I want them to pick up their toys? The horror of it.
How often does God put up with our whinging? Do we do as the Children of Israel did, whine and complain and throw tantrums at our circumstance? I wonder what other provisions God had in store for the Israelites? Provisions that He never gave them because they whinged their way through the desert for 40 years. How often would they praise God for the provisions He gave them? Do you think He had more to give but was waiting to see how they reacted? What blessing is God holding back from giving us because we are not thankful for the blessings we already have?
I need to remember that even though I have daily struggles and worries, I have it so good compared to many others. Philippians 4:8 states whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. I need to think only of the goodness of God and not think of things that make me whinge.
I'm challenging each one of you, my dear friends. What makes you whinge? Is your whinging improving your circumstance or creating a larger problem? I challenge you to no longer whinge, whine, complain or have one negative word flow from your lips. Then stand and watch as the your world transforms into a more pleasant, joyful place to exist.