What would a complaint-free day look like?
A monk joined a monastery and took a vow of silence.
After 10 years his superior called him and asked him, “do you have anything to say?”
The monk replied “food bad.”
After another 10 years the monk again had the opportunity to voice his thoughts.
He said, “bed hard.”
Another 10 years passed by and again he was called in before his superior.
When asked if he had anything to say, he said, “I quit.”
“It doesn’t surprise me a bit, you’ve done nothing but complain ever since you arrived.”
Would you be able to get through this day without complaining, either to yourself or to others? What would a complaint free-day look like?
Complaining is an energy killer and it can be the catalyst for an unhappy day. So, a complaint free-day would, at a minimum, be a happier day and a more energetic day.
Often the most difficult part of learning how to handle complaining is recognising it in yourself. If someone recorded you for a week, what would it reveal about your speech? How much time do you spend griping, grumbling, complaining, arguing, and saying “life stinks”?
Complaining is a habit. Habits are only broken by replacement with something else. Take out the negative complaining and replace it with positive speaking. Steve Penny, a good mate, says “happy people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything”. Happy people replace whinging altogether.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” You cannot always be thankfulfor the circumstances, but you can be thankful in them. God has a good pattern and He fits even the bad things in our lives into that pattern for good.
There are some things in your marriage that you don’t like, things in your business, habits in yourself, your spouse, your children, or your boss. But I believe there are also some things in those situations and people that you could learn to be thankful for. Consider writing down one thing to be thankful for in your boss, spouse, children, teacher.
There are challenges we all face, but the way you look at your challenges determines your attitude. Look for God’s fingerprint in your circumstances. Because God is working all things out for good in your life, the good that you’re going to get out of whatever you’re going through will be much more long lasting than the problem.
For those of you who are going through real challenges today, I’m not saying ignore them. What I’m saying is that in the midst of great challenge, living complaint-free can give you the necessary energy you need to make itthrough and strengthen your ability to fight.
Could today be your day to give complaint-free a go?