Do you ever have one of those days where you are ready to fight? You know…one of those days when no one seems to be cooperating with your plans, and you desperately want to smack someone…in the face…with a chair? Y’all, today was one of those days!
Now, I could go ahead and begin listing off all of the situations which caused me to want to put the smack down on certain people, but there is no need for me to bore you with the details. All I will say, is I was ready! You know the feeling don’t you? Folks are ticking you off left and right. People…ugh!! People are being rude, uncooperative, and certainly are not considering your feelings or needs. Then…oh girl…it’s then that I open my Bible.
Now, my feathers are already ruffled. I’m all worked up and then the Lord hits me with “Do all things without complaining and disputing.” Philippians 2:14 comes at me out of no where. Yikes! Y’all, that one felt like running smack dab into a brick wall. WAMMO! Do all things without complaining. For a while, when I initially read this passage, I was thinking of my friends who share, like me, the joys of raising teenagers. Now there are some complaining disputing people if I’ve ever met one! Teens complain and dispute everything! Certainly the Lord is not directing this message at me!
Then, I read further “…among whom you shine as lights in the world.” It was then I realized the Lord wasn’t talking about cranky, hormonal, argumentative teens. Nope y’all, He was talking to me. Yep! That’s where I felt the need to have a V8…or knock my head against the wall…whichever was least painful. I’m the complainer, the disputer, the one needing a fresh light bulb.
Here I was, walking around, angry and ready to fight. Angry because things weren’t going according to plan. Frustrated with people trying to do their jobs, because their duties did not match my needs at the present time. So…and this is what really hit home y’all, so instead of walking and talking like Jesus. Instead of shining as a light in this dark world, there I was…grumbling and complaining. Sister, if I could hang my head any lower after this realization, I think it would be resting on the floor.
I had to read the entire passage again, and let the Lord speak to me. Here we go. Philippians 2:14-16, “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”
What have I done all day? Exactly what this scripture warns against. I let my flesh take over, I let the enemy get a foothold into my head. I fell into the patterns of this crooked and perverse generation for whom I’m supposed to be a representative of Christ. Y’all, I fell flat on my face in all ways today. Or so the enemy wanted me to believe.
It was as I began to write this for you the Lord showed me that I did have bright spots in the day when I did exactly as He directed. I was kind to others in traffic. I spent unrushed time with my son today, working to encourage his spirit and to point out the beautiful things God has done in his life. I spoke kindly to a sales person on the phone tonight. He even commented that he had chatted with people all day, and no one had been as kind to him as I had been. I checked on a friend who will ill, I prayed for those who are hurting, oh…and I got in God’s word!
Dear Sister, we all fail at times in this crazy world. We all fail at not complaining or grumbling about things, we are made of flesh. Here’s the most precious gem that will change your day…God still loves us! He took time tonight to talk to me…unrushed, and encouraging my spirit…just as I had done earlier today for my son. He pointed out that because I spent time with Him in prayer, seeking forgiveness, and studying His word, He will forgive me for where I failed. Dear Sister…He forgives you too! All you have to do is ask.
Yes, tomorrow is another day. It’s not promised in any way, but each morning when I open my eyes, I realize God’s blessings. He gives us a fresh new day, a chance to start over, to live for Him…reflecting Him. So, my goal for tomorrow is to do less complaining and grumbling, and more shining. Dear Sister, the Lord will encourage you with the same…all you have to do is ask.