Grumbling Antidote #1: Thankfulness

Yesterday, we officially kicked off NO GRUMBLING WEEK 2017 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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