"Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as hold out the word of life." (Philippians 2:14-16)
It has been said that everyone needs a family because there are some things that you just can't blame on the government. Complaining is a constant companion for most people. It's no wonder they are discouraged and frustrated. They have to listen to themselves all day long.
Christians should be different. Paul wrote these words about never complaining while unfairly under arrest for proclaiming the good news about Jesus. His suffering and mistreatment were far worse than most of ours. No matter how challenging your circumstances are at this time, every Christian has two great reasons to rejoice today. One is that if we are faithfully walking with God, He will work all things together for good. So, why are we complaining if good is going to come from it? The second cause for rejoicing is that no matter how tough things are now, we have the hope of perfect joy in the presence of God for all eternity.
How can you become a more joyful person while going through hard times? 1.) Listen to your words and honestly evaluate how much complaining you do. 2.) Confess that complaining is ungodly, unhealthy, and unnecessary. 3.) Focus your mind to think about God and the good that you have rather than the pain and frustration of your circumstances. 4.) Discipline your words to give thanks in all circumstances rather than complaining.
Be a hero today. Use your words to lift someone up instead of weigh them down.
Posted on Wed, September 21, 2011
by Jay Pankratz