Do All Things Without...

"Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, 'children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.'  Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky."  Philippians 2:14-15

A pessimistic man spotted some money crumpled up on the ground.  He picked it up, unwadded it, and discovered that it was a $1.00 bill.  "That's just my luck," the man complained.  "If someone else had found this, it would have been a $5.00 bill!"

Some people always seem to drift negative, imagining the worse about every situation.  They often say, "Well, I'm a realist, I call them as I see them."  Perhaps.

And then, there's the matter of complaining.  We tend to cry "ouch" when asked to do something that might involve sacrifice or hard work.  If it's not something we particularly enjoy, we are tempted to complain.

But, God's Word invites us to see things differently.  Our trust should be in God, and we should see things as coming from His hand, both blessings and trials.  He gives us richly all things to enjoy (I Timothy 6:17).  We like that.  He also disciplines us according to His wisdom (Hebrews 12:10).  We don't always appreciate that and we complain.

Complaining spreads and can defile others (Hebrews 12:15).  On the other hand, when we thank God for whatever comes into our lives, we spread joy and set an example that others can follow.

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1. Marie Hurtado wrote:
So true I have been so negative lately because it has been so hard to get employed! I been pouting and feeling distant complaining and crying which I know better. (Complaining spreads and can defile others (Hebrews 12:15). Glad I read this message made me realize I have a lot to be grateful for instead of complaining and focusing on my situation I should be thanking God! Every situation is temporary!! Thanks for reminding me!!

Fri, October 7, 2011 @ 3:52 PM

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