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Check Your Grumbling

By Mary Wilder Tileston

      Do all things without murmurings and disputings!
      PHILIPPIANS 2:14

      He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
      PROVERBS 25:28

      BEHOLD, the paths of life are ours,--we see
      Our blest inheritance where'er we tread;
      Sorrow and danger our security,
      And disappointment lifting up our head.

      ONE valuable way of practising self-control is in checking grumbling, and an unnecessary display of vexation at petty inconveniences. A workman has fulfilled his task imperfectly, some order is wrongly executed, some one keeps you waiting unreasonably; people are careless or forgetful, or do what they have in hand badly. Try not to be disturbed; be just, and show the persons to blame where they are wrong, even (if it be needful) make them do the thing over again properly; but refrain from diffuse or vehement expressions of displeasure. A naturally quick, impet-uous person will find that to cultivate a calm external habit is a great help towards gaining the inward even spirit he needs.

      A repining life is a lingering death.

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