I remember a time when a book titled A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted was popular. The book promised to reveal the secret to less pain, better health, satisfying relationships, a better job, a happy life, etc. The secret was simple: Commit to not complaining for 21 consecutive days. Each reader was given a bracelet; when the reader found themselves complaining, they were to switch the bracelet to the other arm. If the reader reached 21 days without complaining, they were told the habit was formed and they were on their way to creating a complaint-free world.
Here’s the issue: Anything inward-focused is bound to fail. It sounds like a nice concept: Simply stop complaining, and your life will get better. Eventually, though, a complaint will come, and that bracelet will keep getting switched. However, Peter knew that the secret to true joy is found in looking outside ourselves. This is why he encourages believers to show hospitality without grumbling. When we turn our focus towards making the lives of others better, our problems suddenly become insignificant.
Jesus is the greatest example of serving others without grumbling. Not once did Jesus complain about showing hospitality towards people—so much so that he even endured the cross without grievance or objection. My encouragement to you is to keep your focus on Jesus as you look to serve others. If your target is to not complain, then eventually you are going to complain. If your attention is fixed on worshipping Jesus through serving others, you’ll find that less complaining is the natural result.
Identify at least one way that you can serve others during this holiday season—e.g., delivering Christmas meals/cookies to homes in your neighborhood, helping a family with Christmas gifts for their kids, etc. You can even ask the Lord to lead you to an opportunity.