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Lord, your loyal followers are happy. They live in the light of your kindness. Psalm 89:15
And how happy I was with the world He created; how I rejoiced with the human family!
“And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful. Proverbs 8:31–32
I know it’s impossible to be enthusiastic 24/7.
I have my share of moments when I’m annoyed and cranky; when I listen to the news and feel the opposite of enthused.
But I wonder about the reputation Christians have for being negative, judgmental, and against everything.
Things Christians Complain About
Church – The things they dislike about the ones they visit or attend.
Teachers and Preachers – The messages they find disagreeable or the styles that bore them.
Sins – The ones they don’t commit. The ones they can find in others.
Other Christians – The things they dislike or disapprove . . . dress, language, participation, etc.
Politics – The political views of the people in the other political party.
Work, Kids, Finances, Neighbors, and the list goes on and on.
Well, aren’t we just a bunch of fun?!
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I have a challenge for you.
For the next 30 days – Stop Complaining
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. Do everything without complaining and arguing, that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Philippians 2:13–14
12 Ways to Trade Enthusiasm for Complaining
1. Stop – Refuse to complain. Bite your tongue. Bite your fingers if you’re a social media complainer.
2. Pray – Tell God your problems and ask for His help.
3. Talk – Share your concerns with one close friend or counselor.
4. Rest – Get more sleep. Adjust your schedule if necessary.
5. Eat Healthy – When you eat a healthy diet you’ll feel better. Enough said.
6. Model – Be the person you want others to be to you.
7. Brighten – Talk about what makes you happy.
8. Accept – If you can’t do anything about it . . . let it go.
9. Value – Make relationships more important than winning or being right.
10. Organize – Disorganization creates chaos and confusion.
11. Simplify – Stress aggravates . . . less stress creates fewer complaints.
12. Hope – Maintain an attitude of hope and trust God’s ability to help you.
One Final Question
Are you enthusiastic about your relationship with God—Father, Jesus, and Spirit?
I’m not talking about church or your friendships at church. For just a moment think about your faith.
If you’re not sure.
That’s a wonderful place to start. Spend time with God. He will give you enthusiasm.
Talk with Him.
Don’t worry about the words or formula. Focus on the Father’s love, care, forgiveness. Just talk with Him.
Read His Word.
Get a Bible in a translation you will read and read it.
Spend time outside. Put down your electronics and look around.
Practice thanking and praising God each day for His blessings.
Let’s stop complaining and tell the world how enthusiastic we are about God’s love.