Breaking the Cycle of Negativity

“Do all things without complaining and disputing.” Philippians 2:14 (NKJV)

ComplainingI recently came across the following pledge which convicted me of my own negativity. I’m passing this on to you as a challenge to see how long you can remain totally complaint-free. A day? A week? Longer? Maybe, only one hour? LOL! Trust me, it’s easier said than done, but not impossible if you make a conscious effort, when about to speak, to pause, ponder, and pray.

A Complaint Free Pledge:

1. I commit to looking for solutions rather than problems.

2. I will speak only positively about other people whether they are present or not.

3. My words will be about the myriad things I have to be grateful for rather than my relatively small number of problems.

4. I take responsibility for my words knowing that they reflect my thoughts and create my reality.

5. I know that happiness is a choice I make at any given moment and I choose to be happy.

This pledge comes from author Will Bowen. I highly recommend his book, A Complaint-Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted. 


PRAYER: Lord, create in  me a clean heart and may it be full of thanksgiving and praise at all times, in Jesus name. Amen.


6 thoughts on “Breaking the Cycle of Negativity

  1. Awesome and such encouraging devotion Lydia! i believe that we all can use encouragement like this and as a Reminder…that we do have a choice what comes out of our mouths, and what we choose to think on too. and that determines our destiny – and where we go in life.


  2. This was a tough and loving devotion (Did I mention important?) I won’t say it hit home, but how do you spell, “Ouch! Owwie!” and the ever popular, “Oooch!”

    Think how different the world could be if we all — dare I say it? — if we all behaved the way the Lord did! Thank you for such a valuable insight, I have a feeling it could turn into a sermon!


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