You may know of Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts. It’s this little project, you know, just a New York Times best seller. 🙂 Her gig is gratitude. And though the book was published some time ago, the movement continues.
A tweet of hers yesterday struck me. In my quest for greater discipline in my life, her words encouraging to make July a month of freedom from grumbling made me smile.
And the quest began. Though her Joy Dare for July is different from mine (check it out here), mine is one so needed in my world.
I hereby commit to zero complaints in July.
Yes, this July.
Where analytical mind so easily slips into cynical sarcasm, and comments slide into complaints, it is time to climb out of that slide.
Will you join me? Is God tugging at your heart to stop the snide remarks?
Need some scriptural support for this quest? Here goes:
“Be hospitable to one another without grumbling” –I Peter 4:9, NKJV
“Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned…” –James 5:9, NKJV
“(Apostates) are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts…” –Jude 1:16, NKJV
“Now when the people complained, it displeased the LORD; for the LORD heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the LORD burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp.” –Numbers 11:1, NKJV
Doesn’t seem like God much likes the grumbling. Can’t say that I appreciate it much in others either. So July is the month to break the chain of complaint. Freedom is mine–for every thought will be captive to obey Christ.
If you’re joining the quest, leave a comment! We shall pray each other through. Amen, and amen.