There’s a difference between grumbling and healthy venting. My name isn’t Funk & Wagnalls but here’s how I would define the difference. “Grumbling” is reactionary, undisciplined, and envelops others in the cloud of your verbal fumes. It’s common in an era of quick clicks, posts, and chronic noise. But in contrast, healthy venting is deliberate … Continue reading Healthy venting
What happens in December? Singing? Praying? Helping the poor? Yup. And there’s probably some shopping and scurrying in there too! But here’s something else: Complaining. As a pastor, I wish I could say that I never complain about anything. But that’s just not true. One of the reasons this concerns me is because of James … Continue reading Complaining—in a healthier way
7 days ago I proposed the 7-Day No-Complaint challenge. (You can see that post here.) The idea was simple. Wear a watch or bracelet, and every time you complain about something irrelevant, switch it to the other wrist. Quite simply, it makes you more aware of how much you’re complaining—and hopefully helps you dial down … Continue reading How’d no complaining go?
Thou shalt not complain. You’re right. It’s not one of the 10 commandments. But the Bible certainly warns against complaining all the time. I think about the ancient Hebrews complaining to Moses in the wilderness. Or Philippians 2:14-15 (NLT) where Paul says this: “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize … Continue reading The 7-Day No Complaint Challenge