My pastor is preaching his way through Philippians and a couple weeks ago he touched on the concept of grumbling. He said that generally Christians should not be grumblers. I think that is true.
But as I thought more about grumbling I started thinking that it might be ok for me to grumble about some things to my spouse. I don’t mean grumble about her, but to her. Sometimes, it seems like, venting is a perfectly normal and acceptable activity, if done in a safe place. Am I wrong about that?
Furthermore, I started thinking that some forms of prayer are truly grumbling to God. Maybe I don’t couch it as grumbling, but asking for something could be seen as a complaint, couldn’t it?
The Bible is full of grumble-prayers:
All in all, I am of the opinion that it is OK to grumble to my wife and to God. They both seem to be able to handle it well.