Why Your Attitude and Words Matter #10dayswithoutcomplaining | Minister’s Wife Monday
It’s Monday, which means you’re probably trying to get your feet back underneath you after a really busy Sunday.
What’s more, the holiday season is upon us… which means your calendar is very likely already full between now and the first of next year.
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by the hustle right now, isn’t it?
Well, I want to help you push the “pause” button for just a minute today, and remind you of something:
You, my fellow preacher’s wife, are a woman of influence.
You matter, but very importantly, your words and your attitudes matter.
Whether you think they are or not, the women and girls in your church are watching you.
Whether they should or not, they expect you to show them how to live and act and respond.
Whether you feel like a leader or a follower, you ARE a leader.
The very nature of your role as the wife of a pastor puts you in the position of influence… and what you choose to do with it is entirely up to you.
I know, I know… you probably feel like the older sister who grew up hearing, You’re the oldest… the others are watching. Be an example!
But, just because you’re “the big sister,” or “the mom” or “the pastor’s wife” doesn’t mean you’re any more perfect or experienced or spiritual than anyone else, right?
No, it doesn’t.
But it does mean you have influence. That was God’s design, His idea, His gift- both to you, and to them.
So what are you doing with those gifts?
Today, I want to encourage you to take a little challenge with me.
I take this challenge, and share it here at the blog, every November because I feel like it’s just THAT important. We can never stop working on it!
I’m talking about the 10 Days Without Complaining Challenge.
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, then you probably remember this from previous years. Well, it’s that time of year again!
I’m featuring the challenge this week at our Minister’s Wife Monday column because I feel like this is such an important area for preacher’s wives to take leadership in.
We have just as many reasons to complain as anyone else. Maybe you feel like you have more reasons to complain, who knows? 😉
But about that leadership, about that position of influence. What are you going to do with it?
You can write it down: the women in your church are tuning in to your attitudes and listening to the words coming out of your mouth. If you are blessed with children, then they are watching and listening, as well.
Your words and attitudes are either encouraging and drawing others to a higher plane, or fueling the negativity that already abounds.
Which will it be?
Can you go ten days without complaining? Can you take leadership in this area and challenge the status quo?
I know you can!
If you’re up for the challenge, leave me a comment, okay? And consider sharing this challenge with others… believe me, we ALL need it!
You can follow along on social media with the hashtag #10dayswithoutcomplaining, and join my Facebook group just for pastor’s wives right here.
Let’s kick complaining OUT of the Thanksgiving season this year, shall we?
Thursday (November 12) is DAY ONE of the 10 Days Without Complaining Challenge.
I’ll be posting about this challenge again on Thursday, and in the following two weeks.