I’ve been stuck in Philippians for some time now & let me tell you how this verse jumped off the page at me. Thank-you Holy Spirit, this one stung a little.
“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may be innocent and pure as God’s perfect children, who live in a world of corrupt and sinful people. You must shine among them like stars lighting up the sky, as you offer them the message of life. If you do so, I shall have reason to be proud of you on the Day of Christ, because it will show that all my effort and work have not been wasted.”
Philippians 2:14-16 GNB
I am reflecting at how often I complain and oh man, this is definitely something I need to work on.
The first word that stands out to me is “everything”. So you mean I’m called to not complain about anything!?!? Even with dusting!?!?
Then it says that we are called to “shine like stars as we share the message of life”. I complain a lot at times and I am realizing that it doesn’t reflect the thankfulness I have for the life Our Creator has provided me with. Even if God didn’t do anything else in my life, I should be doing the things he has called me to do with an attitude of thanksgiving.
I’m not sure about you, but I definitely don’t want to “waste” anyone’s hard work.
How much am I complaining? Too much. Probably like a 12 on a 1-10 scale. Is this something you need to challenge yourself on too? Start today!
Dear Papa, I am truly sorry that my words don’t always reflect the daughter you have called me to be. I pray that when I feel the need to complain or argue that my mouth and mind would reflect the attitude of Christ and speak nothing but thanksgiving and praise. Thank-you for always pointing me in the direction I need to follow on my daily walk with you. In Jesus name, Amen.