It’s one thing to talk about being content. It’s another thing entirely to embrace contentment, to commit to it, to be content. That is precisely what we are going to do today:
Commit to contentment.
Are you ready?
Here we go!
Today, beginning whenever you read this, make the commitment to not complain.
Don’t complain about anything.
Don’t complain with your words, with the tone of your voice, with your eyes, with the way you hold your shoulders, with that irritating little sigh–you know the one!
Don’t complain with your silence.
No complaining on Facebook, email, twitter, or anywhere else your cyber-jogs take you.
No complaining out loud or in your head.
No complaining about the weather, about your man, about your neighbor’s man, about your neighbor’s dog, about your neighbor.
No agreeing with someone else who is complaining…not even a sympathetic grumble.
No complaining about your hair, your nails, your weight, your personality, your inability to stop complaining.
You cannot stop the birds of temptation from flying over your head, but you can stop them from building a nest in your hair.
~attributed to Martin Luther
When the tempting birds of complaint fly over your head, and they will, do not let them land! Don’t give in to the temptation to complain!
Turn instead to gratefulness.
For every one complaint you feel tempted to send rippling through your peaceful home, find three things to be thankful for. If you can’t think of three, ask for help. If you have someone to ask, count that person as one blessing to be thankful for.
The challenge lasts for 24 hours, but I can guarantee your husband and children would rather you kept it going for, say, 24 years…times four. Please, please and again please don’t store up your complaints for 24 hours and unleash them. Instead, annihilate them with gratitude.
I know it sounds like a juvenile game, but isn’t our complaining really juvenile? Aren’t we just spoiled children who are unhappy that God’s gifts aren’t exactly what we would have chosen?
Live a simple life of joyful contentment…beginning with the next 24 hours.
Are you in? Leave a comment and let us know, so we can pray for and encourage each other on the road to simple contentment.