I have heard so many compliments of Pastor Jamie’s current lesson series, Declutter. Aiming to rid our lives of things like worry and complaining is so vital and probably elevated even more so now during this time.

This past week’s sermon on complaining was timely to say the least. I have caught myself complaining about inconveniences, canceled plans, the kids wanting more iPad time, and more.

These moments of complaining can easily transition to vocalized discontent and even anger. It is so easy to start speaking negatively about circumstances, to other people, or even about other people.

Jamie’s sermon sparked a verse in my mind that involves the negative words and complaining.

Luke 6:45: “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

Check please. Time to go before more conviction is served.

This extended quarantine period is frustrating and much longer than many dreamed 6 weeks ago. But our negative words will not clean themselves up without our hearts being checked and changed. The words coming out of our mouths are directly reflecting the condition of our hearts.

So, let us check our hearts and allow God to transform them into hearts of gratitude and then our words will follow.

Central Christian Church | Mount Vernon, Illinois