“Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.”
Food For Thought:
This passage of Scripture from Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a nice reminder to us as modern readers. I am always amazed when I meet people who never murmur or complain. I always secretly wish that I was one of those people. I murmur, argue and complain more than I would like to admit, especially for a grown woman. This is part of my spiritual life that I have been working on for years. I think that many of us murmur and argue because we believe that we should be the one in charge and that if we did it, it would be done the “right” way. It is arrogant to assume that our way is the only right way. Not only that, often times when I step out of the way and let someone else lead, they do it much better than I could have done it myself. This is not to say that we don’t all have gifts and graces, this is simply to say that we are not gifted and graced with every talent, and we need to recognize that. When we are being Christ-like, we are willing to step out of the way to let others utilize the gifts and the graces that they have. Think about one area of your life that you have been murmuring or complaining about. Can you give that over to God and let it go?
Welcoming God, you receive and bless all who come to you in humility. Show us our false pride, that we may repent of all conceit and arrogance and, caring for one another, may honor Jesus to the glory of your name. Amen.