A couple of weeks ago, I caught myself complaining. It wasn’t just one thing…it was EVERYTHING! It was so bad in fact, that it was beginning to annoy even me. Then I realized that the day before had been the same way. I was a major Debbie Downer and surprise surprise, it was bringing me down.
When we complain, we not only bring those around us down, we bring ourselves down as well.
There was a stirring in my spirit, sort of a challenge from the Lord. I knew this was not what He wanted for me. This frame of mind was not healthy and I was going farther and farther down the rabbit hole.
That night as I went to bed, I challenged myself to a day of non-complaining for the next 24 hours. I didn’t tell anyone my plan, I just did it. I anticipated that it would be an impossible task and that I would slip up more often than not. But I held my thoughts captive and noticed the urge to spew complaints and instead was quiet.
Complaining is a habit. It is not constructive. It is not helpful. In fact, it is harmful and it’s not what God wants for us.
Let’s go to the Word…
Philippians 2:14 ESV
Do all things without grumbling or questioning,
Ephesians 4:29 ESV
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
James 5:9 ESV
Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
1 Peter 4:9 ESV
Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you
The goal is not to have a disillusioned view of my world or to suppress frustrations. No, instead it is to shift my focus. Complaining is false action. We think we are making progress but it usually stops at words and abandons our minds in a state of discontentment.
My day of non-complaining was much easier than I ever imagined it would be. I let it flow into the next day and the next. Now, just like any bad habit, it has been hard to break…I have relapsed a time or two. But it is my goal to become a vessel of PRAISE instead of complaining.