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Are YOU Up to the Challenge? No Complaining or Negativity in 2017!


I’m challenging myself. Are YOU up to the challenge? I’m endeavoring to NOT complain or dwell on negativity in this new year of 2017!  Related to that, I want to make sure my words are uplifting and wholesome. Words have power, for good or bad, and it’s important to pay attention to what we say–better yet, to think BEFORE we speak!



Some inspiration for this second day of January…


“Today thank God and decide

not to complain about anything.

Ask Him to show you anytime

you are getting ready to complain

and to help you hold your tongue.

Today, give thanks for what you have

without looking at what you don’t have.

The Word says,

‘Let there be no filthiness (obscenity, indecency)

nor foolish and sinful (silly and corrupt ) talk,

nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting or becoming;

but instead, voice your thankfulness [to God]

(see Ephesians 5:4).

Guard your tongue today!” 

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”




My reflections:


Quite the challenge! No complaining…about anything! I’m guessing we don’t even realize how often we whine or complain about something until we make a concentrated effort NOT to! That, and guarding our tongues, so we don’t randomly utter words and negativity we shouldn’t.




So what are YOUR thoughts?


Do you find it difficult NOT to complain?


Have you ever asked God to help you “guard your tongue” so you don’t whine or speak negative words?


Will you join the challenge to not complain or speak negative words in 2017?





  1. Anne Zarraonandia

    What a great way to begin the new year… complaining! I love the idea since most of us were burnt out in 2016 with all the negativity. I guess one way to be is if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. After all, silence is golden. Happy New Year to you and yours!

    02 . Jan . 2017
  2. Ed Miller

    Great post. I love the focus on doing away with winning and negativity. Yes, I find that hard to do. We live in a world that’s very negative. I can’t believe how much whining and complaining there is all around us. I’m going to join you in this challenge of being positive and grateful. Thanks for the encouragement.
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    02 . Jan . 2017
  3. Salma

    i like that challenge idea! No negativity is a great goal.
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    02 . Jan . 2017
  4. Jet

    A year of no complaining and no negativity is a wonderful idea! Complaining gets us nowhere. Negativity drains the energy. I choose to be positive and send positive vibes. Thanks for this encouraging post. I’m sharing it on my FB page and Twitter.
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    03 . Jan . 2017
  5. Laura le Roux

    This is SUCH a powerful thing to do, to focus on the good rather than the bad. I have been writing down 3 good things every day for over 2 years now and I can see the difference it has made in my thinking.

    03 . Jan . 2017
  6. Alana

    By taking this challenge, I quickly realize how negative I talk. How long can I keep up an effort to reduce negative speech? It’s a worthwhile goal in an age of constant negativity.
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    03 . Jan . 2017
  7. Parul Thakur

    Wow! I know this will be hard but also how much it will make us better as individuals. A great way to begin new year sure.
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    10 . Jan . 2017
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