You are invited!
You are invited to a 24-hour “no complaint” challenge.
What will we do?
- Look at your watch. Note the time. For the next 24 hours you will give up complaining.
Don’t worry. You’ll still be able to talk. However, grumbling or complaining won’t be a part of your conversation.
- Invite a close friend or loved one to join you.
That always makes it easier. I’m taking the challenge along with you. So are some of many friends. We’ll encourage each other right here on the blog.
- Give up verbal complaints, but also social media and text (any messaging) complaints.
Maybe you aren’t sure what complaining is.
It’s whining. It’s griping. It’s verbally expressing your dissatisfaction or annoyance about a situation, a person, or an event.
There’s no offer of resolution on your part, only disastisfaction.
Why do this?
Throughout scripture, God reached for his people. He led them. He made beautiful promises.
They griped. They murmured. They complained.
They thought he should do it differently. They wanted more. They wanted it now. They resented the heat. They didn’t like the cold. They wanted to hear his voice. They didn’t like it when he spoke. They were angry at the uncertainty. They wanted an adventure. They demanded food. They didn’t like the food that God provided. They wished for different circumstances. They railed at God when it was time to leave the old circumstances to discover the new.
They were so busy complaining that they couldn’t hear God. They couldn’t see the gifts he was trying to give them. They didn’t see the gifts they already had.
They missed being in the center of his will, because they believed they knew better. When that didn’t work out, what did they do? They complained.
It’s easy to point my finger at the Israelites, but for the next 24 hours I want the Holy Spirit to shine a light on us.
Suzie, I don’t think I can do this.
Father, for the next 24 hours we hold up our grumbling thoughts and give them up. If there’s a problem, Lord help us to deal with it with wisdom rather than complaining. If we don’t like something, help us to be a part of the change. If we are complaining out of habit, show us and we invite you to help us break that habit. As we offer up grumbling, help us to notice all that is good and to verbalize that. Not just to you, but to those around us. In Jesus’ name.
Throughout the day come back here. Share your experience. Share your thoughts. Ask your questions, and we’ll take it deeper together.
Ask yourself these questions throughout the day, when tempted to complain.
What do I complain about?
Why do I complain?
Does it make it better?
What am I missing because of complaints?
These are just a few of the women who are joining this challenge. Tammy took her pic in a moment when she really, really wanted to complain! Can you tell?
Let’s change the conversation, friends.
Let’s break down the barrier of complaining so that we can greater live a life of thank you.
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Join in the challenge. Don’t give up if you slip up.