Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 21, 2001
A guide at Blarney Castle in Ireland was explaining to some visitors that his job was not always as pleasant as it seemed. He told them about a group of disgruntled tourists he had taken to the castle earlier in the week.
"These people were complaining about everything," he said. "They didn’t
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Cierto hombre vino un día a la iglesia con su familia. Cuando iban de regreso a casa comenzó a quejarse de esta manera: "la música estaba demasiado alta, el sermón fue demasiado largo. El que dio los anuncios parecía que ni el mismo sabía lo que decía. Como es
My brother-in-law, Bob, works in the San Angelo school district. He said one day a bunch of the staff were car-pooling from one place to another for a meeting. When he got in his truck, a guy he didn't even know jumped in the passenger seat and said, "I'm riding with you. You're the only one of
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Dec 31, 2008
Vow of Silence
A monk joined a monastery and took a vow of silence. After the first ten years his superior called him in and asked, "Do you have anything to say?" The monk replied, "Food bad."
After another ten years, the monk again had opportunity to voice his thoughts. He said, "Bed
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 26, 2009
WESLEY AND CRITICISM
John Wesley was a great English preacher of the 1700’s. He was considered a rather spiffy dresser. One Sunday morning he wore a bow tie that had long ribbons that hung downward. After the sermon was over a lady walked up to him and said, "Brother Wesley, are you open to some
Contributed by Paul Carlson on Feb 10, 2009
"WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT..."
The story is told of an old man whose grandson rode a donkey while they were traveling from one city to another. The old man heard some people mumbling, "Would you look at that old man walking, suffering on his feet, while that strong young boy is totally capable of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 17, 2009
COULD BE WORSE
Some years ago, Charles Schulz pictured Charlie Brown bringing out Snoopy’s dinner on Thanksgiving Day, but it was just his usual dog food in a bowl. So, Snoopy took one look at the dog food and said, "This isn’t fair. The rest of the world today is eating turkey with all the
Contributed by Peter Loughman on Apr 21, 2009
We had been living in New Jersey for about three weeks and were wanting to try out different things to get the "East Coast" experience. We both grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and honestly, New Jersey was a complete mystery to us. Some friends recommended that we eat at a
Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 15, 2009
YOUR GRUMBLING GOES WITH YOU
There was a boy named Grumble Tone who ran away to sea,
"I’m sick of things on land," he said, "as sick as I can be;
A life upon the bounding wave will suit a lad like me!"
The seething ocean billows failed to stimulate his mirth,
For he did not like the vessel,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 6, 2010
How To Cure Complaining
A story was told about eight men living in a small tent in the desert during the Israelites journey, led by Moses, from Egypt to the Promised Land. These eight irritable grouches cramped into their tent and daily complained to Moses of their miserable state. Three of them
Contributed by Kerry O'neill on Mar 9, 2010
George Bernard Shaw: "This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and
A number of weeks ago, I jokingly said that everyone in my family had a license for something in life. The one license my folks said was solely mine was the complaining license. Dad would say: “Stop your fussing,” and if I didn’t, he’d pick on me and saying: “I don’t like
Contributed by T. Brent Long on Mar 20, 2011
TRYING TO HELP
An older man approached a young stranger in the post office and asked, "Sir, would you address this postcard and write a short note for me? I have such a difficult time writing these days."
The younger man gladly did so, and when he was finished, he asked the older gentleman,
Contributed by Josh Hunt on Feb 8, 2012
I recently read an insightful story that would serve as a good reminder for us both as we prepare to part ways. The story is about a group of climbers who set out to scale a large mountain in Europe. The view boasted a breathtaking peak of snowcapped rocks. On clear days the crested point reigned
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 21, 2012
COPING WITH COMPLAINING
How do you cope with complaining, nagging, whine-baby people? Internet discussion board posted this:
Why do people complain so much?
I know it's a natural thing but it has to be unhealthy. At my job people never stop complaining. Every day it's either too hot or too
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 24, 2012
FORGIVE ME WHEN I WHINE
Today upon a bus, I saw a lovely maid with golden hair; I envied her -- she seemed so gay, and how, I wished I were so fair; When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle; she had one foot and wore a crutch, but as she passed, a smile. Oh God, forgive me
Contributed by Perry Greene on Oct 16, 2012
A church member, noted for his "kickative mood and objective case," was challenged to construct a workable program rather than always finding fault with the attempts of others. "No," he replied, "you go ahead and make the plans, I will tell you what is wrong with them."
This is essentially how
Contributed by David Simpson on Jan 18, 2013
If there is one glaring fault in my ministry, it has been to allow others
to blur my vision and that of the church. To take away any enthusiasm and joy. No matter what you do in life, you are going to have critics. The only people who don’t hear criticism are the ones not doing
Contributed by Shine Thomas on May 7, 2013
THE DONKEY AND THE COMPLAINING WIFE
I once heard of a farmer who had a complaining wife. From morning till night she would complain about something or the other. The only time he got relief was when he went to the farm with his donkey.
One day as he was plowing, his wife brought him lunch.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 3, 2013
Busyness is no sign of spirituality or any kind of a full life. In fact, it’s more likely the sign of an empty life.
Tim Kreider, in an article he wrote for The New York Times called The Busy Trap put it this way: “If you live in America in the 21st century, you’ve probably had to