As I was driving, the radio talk show host was encouraging his listeners to call in words not commonly used. A word that came to my mind was “murmur”– a mumbled expression of discontent. Although I rarely hear this word spoken, I suppose that a murmuring attitude has not gone out of style.

In fact, I think my soul may be infected. Murmuring sees what is negative rather than the possibilities for good. When I’m murmuring I focus on unbelief rather than belief. A whining, grumpy mood overtakes me rather than a spirit of gracious gratitude.

This is not a trivial problem. In fact, the apostle Paul gives a warning to me from Israel’s history,

And do not grumble, as some of them did – and were killed by the destroying angel. These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us……. (I Corinthians 10:10-11)

Murmuring may be an old fashioned word but it is not an old fashioned attitude. Please forgive me for the murmurings from my past and join me in moving to a spirit of gracious gratitude. 


Sharing the journey with you,

Bob Snyder