February 7
Genesis 39:21-23

Making the best of it

Joseph found himself being punished in the king’s prison for something he hadn't done.

But instead of grumbling and complaining, Joseph carried on being cheerful and helpful. The jailer soon noticed Joseph because he was so different from everyone else. In fact, the jailer was so impressed with Joseph that he put him in charge of the other prisoners. He also made him responsible for everything that needed to be done in the prison. God blessed Joseph and helped him do everything well.

Does it help to complain?

Grumble, groan, mumble, moan. Does it really help? How else will people know that you are not happy with the way things are? Here are a few facts about being grumpy:

  • Complaining doesn’t change things – people change things.
  • Grumbling upsets other people – it makes them feel unhappy!
  • When you deliberately put on a miserable look, you will actually start to feel even more miserable.

Does that mean you should always look happy—even when you’re not? Should you just accept whatever happens? No! For something to change you need to take action. So, if something isn’t right:

  • Think about the situation for a while, then ask yourself: Who could help me do something about it? What can I do to change the situation? How would my idea affect others?
  • Go speak to the right person—someone who can help you. Tell the person what happened and how you feel about it. Suggest how the problem could be sorted out or ask for advice.

Like Joseph, be patient and keep doing what is right and good. Remember, God sees and knows everything, and He will help you.

Verse for today

“Do everything without complaining or arguing” Philippians 2:14.