The other day one of our friends talked about how she and her husband challenged themselves for a period with Philippians 2:14, “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” They were in a difficult situation in which they understood their tendency would be to complain about the situation or the people with whom they were sharing their time and space. They committed to not allowing it to happen.
When they mentioned this, it was not a big part of the conversation, just something that was mentioned, something they worked at, and then the we moved on. But God would not let Jill and me move on. Over the next couple of days this passage kept coming back to us, convicting us, as we found ourselves complaining about one thing or another…ouch!
So, we have also committed to the 2:14 challenge. When we are in the midst of complaining about anything, the other has permission, even the responsibility, to simply say, “2:14.” The complaining must stop at that point, and the recipient cannot react, complain or explain themselves. They simply have to stop complaining.
I encourage you to join us in this challenge. So often we can find ourselves complaining to others, or even to ourselves, about others or a situation. It is easy to do something, react to a situation, and then justify your behavior by complaining/explaining why you did or said what you did or said. It is easy to share your struggles or frustrations with someone we care about, but in an attitude of complaining rather than seeking counsel. It is easy to focus on what is wrong with others and keep the focus away from what God may be trying to teach you.
So, stop complaining and join the 2:14 challenge!