Short circuit complaints

Any time, Drive time

Every time a family member complains, have them think of something to praise God for instead.

Discussion point: The importance of doing things without grumbling or arguing.

For this activity, you will need a buzzer. A “That was easy” buzzer from Staples is perfect, but any fun noise maker will do.

Unfortunately, people seem pre-programmed to complain. In our affluent culture, it seems as though people get very accustomed to having things just the way they like them, doing the things they enjoy and eating food they enjoy. What are some of the common reasons for complaining in your home? Is it doing chores? Cleaning up? Eating vegetables? Going somewhere “boring” on errands? In most families, the list goes on and on. This activity helps to change attitudes from negative to joyful, with help from a buzzer. Every time a family member is tempted to complain, have them go and find the buzzer. Once they have thought of one thing to praise God for instead, they get to push the buzzer.

Relevant Scripture

Philippians 2:14-16 “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the Word of life – in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.”

1 Timothy 6:6-9 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.”