Today is Day 1 of our 10 Days Without Complaining Challenge.
And, yes, I’m LATE getting this post up because, well, life is busy… not that I’m complaining! 😉
I take this challenge with my family every year, simply because I don’t believe we can ever practice gratitude and joy too much.
At least, I know I can’t.
You see, I used to be the biggest Fuss Bucket. Ever.
By “Fuss Bucket,” I mean I fussed a lot. Was chronically unhappy. Critical. Insecure. Depressed.
I could try to pin the blame on my personality; by nature, I’m an introvert and a bit (okay, a lot) melancholy.
But the painful truth is, my unhappiness was a learned habit.
Plain and simple.
I chose to fuss, I chose to be negative and unhappy.
It was a lifestyle, and it was soul-draining miserable.
God is so gracious and merciful, and He must have seen the desire of my heart to do life differently.
He placed amazing mentors in my life when I was a young wife and mom, and they gave me hope that I could change.
And I have changed. Day by day, choice by choice, year by year.
Do I still have a long way to go? You’d better believe it! 🙂
But my outlook on life is so different from what it used to be, and the Lord is constantly changing and stretching me to become less like the ugly, old me and more like Jesus Christ.
So I am passionate about pursuing joy, about being intentional with my words and my thoughts. About cultivating a positive atmosphere in my home so my children will grow up knowing what joy looks, and feels, and tastes like!
I am passionate about not complaining, because I know so well the ugly heart-roots that are attached to the unsavory fruit of fussy words.
That’s why I bring this 10 Days Without Complaining Challenge back to the blog every year.
Because I know we all could use a gentle reminder to complain less, yes.
But mostly, because I want to share the hope with someone else, You can change too.
You can live life freely and abundantly!
You can be rid of the depressing thoughts, chronic frustration, and the miserable habit of unhappiness.
There can be light in your eyes and energy in your soul!
But you have to choose all that, instead of choosing the negative thoughts and words. And today is an awesome day to start.
Not complaining for ten days isn’t going to change your heart, just like it didn’t change mine. But it did help retrain my mouth, and that started a ripple that eventually became a tide heading in a whole new direction.
I know this post isn’t for everyone.
Maybe it’s just for me.
But, friend, I have to write it.
I have to tell someone (the woman in the mirror?),
Jesus has provided everything you need to live a joyful and abundant life. He desires you to be a Kingdom builder and a world changer! And, no, you can’t do that with a broken, heavy soul.
Maybe you’d like to join me in this 10 Days Without Complaining challenge?
You might just need a fun refresher course in Happiness 101.
Or, maybe you’re where I was a few years ago: desperate for a change but feeling completely trapped by years of destructive habits and thinking patterns.
Wherever life finds you right now, will you join me?
Let’s open our mouths for the next ten days and fill our homes and hearts with gracious, life-giving speech.
Are you ready?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.