According to the authors of the book, Significa, the world’s champion complainer was a man named Ralph Charrell. Charrel received over $100,000 as a result of his systematic complaining. His smallest refund was of $6.95 and his largest was $25,000. Charrel spent time every day making phone call and writing letters of complaint. He even wrote two books, How to Get the Upper Hand and How I Turn Ordinary Complaints into Thousands of Dollars. While we all have the right to stand up for ourselves, would you want to be known as the “World’s Champion Complainer”? Wouldn’t it be better to be the “World’s Champion Encourager”?
 


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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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Charles Dickens once visited America and gave some lectures across the country.
He told one audience that we here in this country are a bit mixed up. He said
we should not have one Thanksgiving Day, but that we should have 364
Thanksgiving Days. The one day left over would be used just for complaining and
griping; the other 364 to thank God. We do just the opposite. We complain for
364 days and then, perhaps, on one day count our blessings.


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In the Old Testament we often find the Israelites “murmuring.” What a
wonderful expression. In the church we often find people murmuring, too. The
only thing some people are willing to give is advice.

In 1884 in Princess Ida, W. S. Gilbert wrote a verse that must surely be the
feeling of some Christians:

Oh don’t the days seem lank and long


When all goes right and nothing goes wrong


And isn’t life extremely flat


With nothing whatever to grumble at


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