Ice Breaker:  Tell the story of the best surprise you’ve ever had.

 

1.     How is ignoring the fact your gas gauge is on empty a lot like failing to apply simple truth to your life.  How does it end?

 

2.     Comparing leads to jealousy and jealousy leads to misery.  Explain.

a.     Have you been praying for people you are tempted to be jealous of?

 

3.     Constant Critics personify the phrase, “misery loves company”.  Discuss.

a.     Have you been tracking your words?  How are you doing on the 5:1 ratio?

b.    Our culture worries WAY too much about the food that goes into their mouth and WAY too little about the words that come out.  Agree?

 

4.     Complaining is the third c of a miserable life.  It would be hard to blame the Apostle Paul from complaining.  Why?  (2 Cor.  11:24-28)

 

a.     Three choices we need to make to resist complaining:

                                               i.     Gratitude instead of grumbling.

1.     Discuss this quote from Billy Graham.

“Grumbling and gratitude are, for the child of God, in conflict. Be grateful and you won’t grumble. Grumble and you won’t be grateful.”

 

2.     Are there things in your life right now you could choose to grumble about?  How could you choose to be grateful instead?

 

                                             ii.     Opportunity instead of obstacle.

1.     Why was Paul happy to be chained to a Roman soldier 24/7?  See Philippians 1:12-14.

2.     How can adversity serve to increase your:

a.     Love

b.    Patience

c.     Peace

 

                                            iii.     Winner instead of whiner. 

1.     Paul said, “To live is Christ. To die is gain!”.  What did he mean?

2.     Jesus put an end to defeat when He stepped out of the tomb.  So, you can’t lose.  Discuss in light of Proverbs 3:5-6.

3.     God has better plans for you than you have for you.