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Jun302015

Kirk Franklin’s Words To Chronic Complainers: ‘Think Grateful’

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Share If you have a tendency to complain and see the bad more easily than the good, Kirk Franklin may have just the words you need to read.

In a new blog post, the multiple award-winning gospel artist admonishes you to “think grateful” thoughts. 

“It’s sometimes amazing how I have to stop myself from discussing all the bad in the world and being a downer about how things are getting worse. I’m better, but still not where I know I need to be,” said the 45-year-old in a personal post titled Force Yourself to “Think Grateful. 

During a recent trip to the UK, instead of being thankful for the ministry opportunity, Franklin admitted to grumbling about the inconvenience of all the planning and fanfare around the trip.

“I found myself complaining about having to leave in the midst of recording to catch a flight and travel half around the globe. All the planning it takes to do an international trip can be rough in the midst of late night recording sessions, family time, doing the interviews,” he said.

Then he stopped himself mid-sentence and noted that he had slipped into a pattern of complaining—again.

After arriving in the UK (first Birmingham, then London) when Franklin saw that thousands of people flocked to see him and knew every word of his songs, he felt convicted.

“In the midst of the people, I fell to my knees on stage and asked God to forgive me for such selfishness and complaining and how undeserving I was for these songs He’s allowed me to borrow from Him all of these years,” he wrote.

“The people came to celebrate The Christ with me and I almost missed it because of how much I had to rearrange for a trip, that ended up breaking me down to my knees.”

To help those prone to complaining like him, Franklin gives three tips: first, don’t beat yourself up as long as you respond to spiritual conviction; second, practice gratefulness and third, remember that things could be worse in your life.

Wise words indeed.

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