The Atheism of Complaining

234415 I recently read Jon Gordon’s helpful book, The No Complaining Rule. I encourage you to check it out.

Many have developed the bad habit of complaining. They’ve done it for so long, it has become so deeply engrained, they don’t recognize it anymore. They have a condition known as Chronic Complaining Syndrome.

Gordon gives the following stats. The Gallup Organization discovered that negativity costs the US economy between $250 to $300 billion every year in lost productivity. In reality it is far more costly because this doesn’t take into consideration how complaining and negativity spread like a virus.

Complaining shortens life span, increases the risk of stroke and heart attack, produces more stress, decreases energy, reduces friendships, creates more pain, and kills success.

Most damaging of all, complaining is a sin. Why? When we complain we talk and think like an atheist, as if God is dead. We talk like his promises are lies. We think like he is powerless to work all things for our good. Complaining is atheistic.

What do you do with complaining? You kill it. Romans 8:13 says, “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.”

Complaining is a misuse of our body, our mouth and our gift of speech. If we kill complaining we will live.

There is nothing wrong with constructive criticism, but chronic complaining is a sin that leads to death.

How does one recover from complainitis? Repent. Decide to fast from complaining. Try it for a week. You’ll be shocked with the difference it makes in your life. Look for the opportunity behind every complaint. Wherever you are God is at work, and so there is always something to be thankful for. Turn your complaints into prayers for God to move in miraculous ways.