Thursday, January 9, 2014

Stop Complaining

This week, we have looked at various definitions of complaining and the emphasis on everything in Philippians 2:14.  Today, I would like to share some tips with you on how to stop complaining.  But, before we can talk about how to stop, we need to understand why we should stop.

Philippians 2:14 says, "do everything without complaining or arguing,"  But, the verse doesn't stop there.  Verse 15 continues by saying, "so that you may become blameless and pure, "children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation." Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky."

Doesn't that sound fabulous?  I want to be blameless and pure, child of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation, and to shine like a star in the sky.  All I have to do is do this by doing everything without complaining.

So, how do we do this?  Where do we start? 

  1. You have to start somewhere.  Why not try going 24 hours without complaining?  24 hours without complaining will quickly open your eyes to how much you complain in a day.
  2. Holly Furtick once shared that she wears a wristband that is not easy to take off.  Every time she complains, she has to switch the wrist that her wristband is on.
  3. When searching "complaining" on pinterest, I found some parents who had made "Star Jar's" for their kids.  When the child does a task without complaining, they get to add something (a penny, nickel, dime... or currency of your choosing) to the jar.  Others started the jar with a certain amount.  When the child complained a coin was given back.  You decide what kind of "Star Jar" would work best for you.

It is easier than you think to start doing everything without complaining.  But, you have to start somewhere.  This perspective shift won't come out of no where.

Chime in!  Where do you plan to start?

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  1. Complaining so quickly robs us of our joy, doesn't it? Based on scripture that is certainly not what God wants for us. I used to complain quite a bit. One of the ways I've curbed that and continue to work on it is by shifting my focus and finding the blessing in whatever I'm complaining about. It helps to change your perspective.

    Thanks for linking up to Through The Lens Thursday.

  2. I love those ideas - especially the wristband, that's one I could easily do! I'm definitely going to share and try this myself. Thank you!

  3. Now that I have kids, I find I quote Philippians 2:14 to them quite a lot, then as the day goes on I'll be convicted of ways I've been choosing to complain instead of being content and rejoicing in the Lord. You have a great list here!

  4. Such an easy habit to fall into. Praying it is one our family can fall out of this year!

  5. These are great tips! I'm going to try going 24 hours without complaining. It's sad how hard that seems like it will be to me. I catch myself complaining far too often. Thank you for the inspiration!