I will be the first to tell you that this week’s challenge will most certainly be a challenge for me. I am a talker. I love to converse with people. This isn’t just because I am a woman. (Yes ladies, it is a proven fact that a woman uses way more words than a man on any given day.) It is something that I inherited from my dad. HE is a talker!
A lot of times when things aren’t going great or when I’ve had a bad day, all I want to do is “share” with my hubby or a friend about all that occured during that day. The problem is that if we take an honest look at “sharing”, it’s really just a code word for “complaining”. I am not saying that we can’t talk about our bad days or experiences but there is a very fine line between truly “sharing” about our day and complaining.
For some of us (including this pregnant lady), complaints naturally flow from our lips before we even realize it.
Phrases such as, “I’m tired.” and “My head hurts.” are fine if we are just letting someone know. We are stating a fact. However, there have been more days than I can count that these phrases have left my lips at least 10 times within an hour. That, my friend, is complaining.
My challenge for you this week:
Be aware of the words that you speaking and speak intentionally. Don’t just say whatever comes to your mind. Have a friend hold you accountable.
One time I challenged myself to stop complaining at work. I had a co-worker smack my hand every time I complained. By the second day, I was almost completely complaint free. It felt great!! It’s amazing what good accountability can do for you.
Do whatever you need to do to stop this horrible habit. Nobody likes a complainer. It’s annoying and it brings down those around you.
So this week, speak BLESSINGS and not curses. Give THANKS and not complaints. 🙂 You can do it!!
10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.[a]
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