Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations, cultivate the gift of taciturnity, and consume your own smoke with an extra draft of hard work, so that those about you may not be annoyed with the dust and soot of your complaints.” – William Osler

The Israelites crossed the Red Sea after God parted the water.  Then they spent the next forty years wandering in the desert before they crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land.  They should have been able to make the journey in about eleven days.  Why did it take so long?

When we read the story, we discover that one of their major issues was complaining.  Instead of remembering the victory of the Red Sea crossing, they complained.  They complained about the food and the conditions and their leader and each other.  Is that why it took so long?

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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  1. Complaining can sure make our tasks seem to go on forever… Just had a family meeting tonight about being so self -focused. I think we all need to learn to be more thankful and content.