“Do everything without complaining and arguing.” Philippians 2:14 NLT
Blatantly obvious words that leave little (actually zero) room for negotiation. Don’t consider, but a direct command to just “do.”
Little or big things, hard or menial tasks all categorized into one lump sum of “everything.”
Exclusive of, not partaking in or allowing an exhale of grief to cross lips during said “doing,” equals “without” and is mutually exclusive with non-existence.
Three “all or nothing” directives offer no wiggle room, “what if” scenarios or “but I was just” excuses.
Why does He have to be so stringent and uptight? What’s a little whine before dinner done to harm anyone?
Venting our annoyances is therapeutic, right?
Guilty! I justify my “arguing” in ways that could turn a jury’s vote. But God’s word lacks an addendum that rights my wrongful attitude of grumbling.
I texted my 19 year old to find out how it was going. His reply, “sitting in these stupid lines for the 5th time is not cool.”
It wasn’t a painful process and he had no where more important to be, as I did, so I implored him to accompany his sister, a freshman in high school, to her “essentials day” by walking her through the picture line, locker assignment line and “pay for everything line.”
Lines are annoying, waiting is cumbersome but his expression of dissatisfaction was more than venting. It stung. What I heard was “you’re not worth my time, Mom.”
All has been resolved since this first text began an elevated discussion on complaining where I threw this verse in his face while, myself, complaining that he isn’t more sensitive. Crud! It’s so annoying when God convicts me while I’m convicting my children. Oops, did it again.
Truth…complaining ALWAYS takes our eyes off of opportunities God may be placing before us to serve and encounter others.
Blinded by our own selfish desires for comfort, whether it’s a mountain or a mole hill, we will stunt our growth in Christ if we focus on the annoyances or grievances of a task or obstacle that blocks our path. . We become stumbling blocks with the contagion that is complaining by breathing negativity rather than the joyful spirit of Christ. God cannot be glorified in the midst of whine and pessimism. Only if we reflect His nature in EVERYTHING we do will true joy be found in all circumstances.
So why risk it?