This week’s Sunday night meditation is a bit of a challenge as well. It’s especially convicting my heart which is why I’d like to share it. As always, we are in this together.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world
Philippians 2:14-15 (ESV)
If someone asked, I generally would say that I don’t complain very much. I’m passionate about gratitude and enjoying the gifts God has given me. Plus, I just have a lot to be happy about: my wonderful husband, our beautiful daughter, supportive families on both sides, a house we love, great friends, a bulldog that makes us laugh, not to mention the fact that I’ve been adopted into God’s family forever.
I wouldn’t say I’m a complainer.
That is, until I have this verse in front of me.
Several months ago, this verse was at the forefront of my mind for about a month or so. God just kept bringing it to the surface as I went about my day at work, while in class, and when I was at home with my family.
Unfortunately, I was suddenly very aware of how much I was complaining.
Even though I knew I was thankful for many things, I couldn’t stop spewing little bits of negativity and doubt. It was shocking, honestly. But, in the strange way that only the Spirit can accomplish, these verses also really encouraged me.
I saw how much complaining I was doing, and I realized that the last part of the verse was definitely true. I would stick out if I abstained from grumbling.
Just like complaining so easily becomes the norm for me, it has become the default language of many people. And if we as believers stop participating, there will be a noticeable difference in our speech.
What a way to display God’s glory.
Just by cultivating a language of genuine gratitude, we can shine like lights in this dark world. We as a culture are saying more words than ever. Everyone feels the need to comment on every event, issue, or person that is in the spotlight.
If people of the Kingdom decided to put away complaining and replace it with authentic celebration, we would be noticeable in the best way.
If you are feeling a little uneasy going into the week or even dreading whatever is on your calendar, I encourage you to flip the script. You can start speaking words of life even tonight. Speak them over your schedule, your worries, and your tasks. We are commanded to do so in this verse because it is possible through the Spirit. Lean on God, and He will help you see what is worth celebrating.
And as you go about your week, remember the power that your words have. I know that I often forget and throw them around carelessly.
We have the opportunity to impact others and praise God through how we speak, and that is a great reason to go into the new week with excitement.