At our first staff meeting of the year last week, our boss instituted a “No Whining” policy for our office. When he told me before the meeting that he was going to make 2008 a whine-free year in our office, I cynically wished him luck and wondered how long that policy would last. (I figured it would be violated by lunchtime for sure.)

In presenting this new policy at the staff meeting, he said that if we wanted to whine to him, we could, with this caveat: we had to come with a solution to the complaint.

I know that I am guilty of whining and complaining about circumstances and people, both at work and outside of work, and yet I’m unwilling (or simply don’t think about) doing something to bring about positive change. Even in my prayers, I’m quick to ask for God to present a solution, but not always willing for Him to use me as the solution.

So I’m trying to institute a “no whining” policy for myself. More and more, I find myself opening up and being more willing to be used by God in whatever way He sees fit, which, admittedly, is often in ways that I would not have chosen for myself. But I must admit that it is exciting to know that God is using me in some pretty incredible ways that I could not have foreseen. I think that sometimes it is easier to see God move and work when we are willing to let Him work through us.

Anyone want to join in on the “no whining” policy?