Things Christians Complain About and 12 Ways to Stop

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Things Christians Complain About and 12 Ways to Stop

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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.

Remember—the Greek word for enthusiasm is EN (in) +THEOS (god) which means “the Spirit of God within.”

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.

 Enjoy Creation.

Spend time outside. Put down your electronics and look around.

Get Enthusiastic.

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.

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  1. Hi Deb! I just left a comment, but I’m not sure it loaded correctly? I’ll try again.
    I think your point about complaining is very valid. At least by me! I can always easily find the stuff that bugs me, just sticking with the positive is hard (believe it or not). You are so right about rest and sleep. That always makes me feel better.
    I will join your challenge! I will not be perfect, but I will really try…and keep it in my heart.

  2. Thanks Ceil! The challenge always begins with me. I agree it won’t be easy. I try really hard if I have to complain in general to talk to Rev. After that, my goal is to bite my tongue and my fingers. Will pray each day that God gives those of us taking the challenge the strength we need to give Him some complaint free glory. Enjoy a blessing-filled day!

  3. Loved this post and ain’t it the truth!!
    ‘Well, aren’t we just a bunch of fun?!’ had me laughing!! Thanks for the pointers on how to not be a complainer. I am trying real hard at this and it has helped me be a happier soul in life (: God is good!! Blessings xos

  4. Hi Madelain. I’m so glad I could make you laugh. I agree less complaining makes for a happier me. With God’s help, I pray to do less complaining and more celebrating. Blessings and Hugs to you!

  5. Deb, this is such a great post! You are so right that we, as believers, shouldn’t be complainers! We have been given so much and yet we act like the things we don’t like are enough to make us miserable despite having something priceless. It is certainly a problem when we are known for the things we are against rather than for our love as Christ said we should be. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you Sara!

      “We have been given so much and yet we act like the things we don’t like are enough to make us miserable despite having something priceless.”

      That deserves a huge AMEN! It’s so true!

  6. Although I am guilty of complaining (aren’t we all?), I think that a complaining Christian is sort of an oxymoron. We should make every effort to change this about ourselves. We do that, of course, by doing the very things you suggested. When we know God, how can we really live a life of complaints? Thank you for the beautiful post!

    1. I like that Heather, a complaining Christian should be an oxymoron. May we pray that would be so. Thanks for your kind encouragement. Blessings!

  7. Love your inspiration here today, Deb! Yes, life is too short to spend it complaining when adopting a gratitude attitude for all our blessings (and, even those that don’t feel like blessings at the moment) will enrich our lives and make us happier with ourselves. That’s a happiness which can spill over graciously into the lives of others, too.
    Wonderful post! Blessings!

  8. I join you in the 30 day challenge! Over the past few months I think I have become a much better person by slowing down, talking to God more, trying to see that good side of something rather than the flip side…but there is always more work to be done! Thank you for your list of practical ways to trade complaining for enthusiasm.

  9. Great post… it is so easy to val into the trap of complaining. Great encouragement… thanks for sharing! 🙂

  10. I am having a problems of complaining and judging to inside the church sometime maybe I will have this thoughts and God has forgave me I will be okay for few days then this will come again I am tired of this.

    1. Zoleka, I think that’s a struggle for many of us. We all have preferences and opinions and it’s hard not to let them influence our attitudes at church. I believe this is something to pray about often … asking for God’s forgiveness and help to know His truth and discern when to speak and when to keep silent. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and share your struggle. You’re not alone! God bless you!

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