Grumbling: low toned, discontented mutterings
What a great definition to start your day off with, right? I knew the minute my eyes shot open at 5:00am that it was going to be morning with the Lord. I closed my eyes really hard and pretended like I had three more hours of sleep left. I mean, this is my first day of summer. There is no way I was getting out of bed at this awful hour. I've learned not to let these quiet times get by me. God always has something good to say; ) I stumbled out of bed, grabbed a cup of coffee, (with my brand new, yummy creamer, french vanilla) and headed to the couch. I turned Chuck Swindoll on and listened to a sermon titled "While Laughing Keep Your Balance" It was on one of my "non favorite" passages.
"Do everything without grumbling or complaining, so that you may become blameless and pure children of God..." Phil. 2:12-18
Really? Everything? It's easy to grumble when we have a list of reasons that give us "a right" to grumble. Think about some of your grumbling moments. You do have them don't you? For me, it's moments that I am caught up in my own self, the human, fleshly moments, when I have stifled the Holy Spirit's work in my life. Those moments happen more than I would like to admit.
Not only do I give myself a headache when I grumble (or have low-toned mutterings) I affect those around me. Don't we all know a chronic grumbler? Grumblers usually have a disagreeing attitude, undermining spirit, stir up disputes, etc. NOT something I want to be associated with or known for! The passage goes on to say to give us a few promises though.....
Do everything without grumbling and complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure children of God, without fault in a crooked an depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe. v.14-15
1. BLAMELESS: Purity of life that is undeniable and inescapable; an unwillingness to compromise
2.PURE: innocent, inexperienced in evil, untainted integrity
I WANT TO BE BLAMELESS AND PURE!!
As you go about your day today, remember that you are affecting others around you when you complain and grumble. Think about this.......We have no more right to bring our discordant state of mind into someones life and rob them of their sunshine and brightness, than we do to enter their home and steal their silverware. AnonymousYour grumbling steals my silverware!
Live today so that your light shine like stars in the universe. Today don't sing "This Little Light of Mine" Live the life that sings "This Blazing, Burning Light of Mine" because "we will shine like the stars in the universe!"