Grumbling Antidote #1: Thankfulness

Yesterday, we officially kicked off NO GRUMBLING WEEK 2015 here on GUWG.

We started off with a pair of Bible verses that make it clear that grumbling, whining and complaining are bad things. We then issued a challenge: we asked all of our grumble-prone readers to (1) pinch themselves every time they feel a grumble coming on and instead (2) recite one of the verses.

I reported that by 7:14 a.m. I had already pinched myself a half dozen times. That number hit approximately 387 by the time I called it a day. But — with God’s help — I managed to reduce my daily grumbling by approximately 69.3%.

We have received Twitter tweets reporting grumble-prevention-pinching going on all over the world. One person called for No Grumbling Week to be sanctioned by the government as an annual national celebration. (If anyone knows the President, please let me know.)

Today, I thought I’d offer a biblically approved antidote to grumbling. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you live out this verse moment by moment. It’s God’s will.

Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

How often are we supposed to rejoice? Always.

When should we pray? Continually.

What should we thank God for? Everything.

It’s hard to grumble when you’re joyful, praying and giving thanks!

(Please see below for a selection of grumble-reduction comments we received this year and in past NGW campaigns. Feel free to add your own.)

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  1. Ron Barta says:

    The joy of The Lord is my strength. I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.

  2. Jo Ann Walton says:

    I will again today challenge myself not to grumble by punching myself every time I do. I will work on being joyful . Thank you for this message. I want to change.

  3. I must confess. I didn’t pinch myself not a once because it hurts. LOL!! Great series though. Taking this to heart and learning so much already this wk. First thing I am learning is ^^^^ (being thankful). Also learning that so much more is accomplished without grumbling. (Who would have thunk it? lol)Thank you Lord for working on my heart and in my life!

  4. GUWG says:

    Continuing the theme …

    I’m really THANKFUL for the comments, Ron, Jo Ann and Kristy — appreciate it!!

  5. Mr Eric Omaretsule Uwanikone says:

    Great great Message

  6. Ryan says:

    It has been a challenge. This is not a grumble. I just didn’t expect to find such adversity. The enemy does not like this goal and is doing everything he can to disrupt. But, God is with us. God is grace and foregiveness. Fill me with peace, O Lord, so I may follow Your footsteps. Amen.

  7. Jaime says:

    What a brilliant idea! THANK YOU. Grumbling is one of our greatest weaknesses. Your idea will be a great way to do our family devotion tonight and we shall declare war on Grumbling and make the devil MAD. ;-D Praise God!

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