Tuesday - May 10, 2022


“‘Stop grumbling among yourselves,’ Jesus answered.” – John 6:43

For the month of February 2015, Leah Shapiro had one goal: no complaining. “I think I just wanted to be more self-aware and mindful of what I was putting out there,” she said. Shapiro and more than 1,000 other people signed up for the Complaint Restraint project. The goal? Creating a more positive life by eliminating negative statements. “There’s no secret sauce,” the website says. “Simply stop complaining.”

At the end of February, Shapiro said the Complaint Restraint project was hard but worth it. “I slipped a lot,” she replied. “But I’ve had more examples this month of me being more positive and better things happening.” She learned to deal with her negativity when she felt it rising inside her by keeping a journal. She even saw improvements in productivity at work, finally tackling a project she’d been avoiding and whining about. “It was something I found so boring, and then I just cranked it out. And I just felt so good having accomplished it.”

Chronic complaining is a sin. Today in prayer, confess any sin of grumbling and complaining to the Lord.

“Anyone who complains or grumbles is not perfect, nor even a good Christian.” – John of the Cross

God’s Word: “Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!” – James 5:9