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Where Are You Seated?

Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed. Samuel Johnson

Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems. Zig Ziglar

The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects. Francis Jeffrey

Keith Miller, in his book Passionate People, which he co-authored with Bruce Larson, describes two kinds of people — “basement people” and “balcony people.”

“Basement people” are the discouragers in our lives. They may be people from our past, or present, but their words go with us everywhere we go. They are the negative influences in our lives and their words go something like this: “You can’t do that.” “That’s a stupid thing to do.” “When are you going to get it right?” “You will never get it right.” “You will never amount to anything.” Basement people divert us from our hopes and dreams. They constantly point out what is wrong, rather than what is right with us. Basement people cause a room to light up when they leave.

In contrast to them are the “Balcony People.” They are people who are full of love and cheer us on. They encourage us to be loving, courageous followers of Christ. They sit in the balcony of our lives like a heavenly cheering section, saying, “You can do it.” “We believe in you.” “You are special to us.” Balcony people are the great encouragers in our lives and we all need them!

The question for all of us is who will we be? Will we be basement people or balcony people? The choice is ours to make. Balcony people try to lift people up to where they are, but basement people try to drag people down where they are.

There is no question who God wants us to be. He wants us to be balcony people, and He will help us to be balcony people.  (Copied).The Bible admonishes us to be joyful, encouragers, and to bless others because we love our neighbors.

Exodus 15:24 – So the people grumbled at Moses.  Jude 1:16 – These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.  Proverbs 17:22 – A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.