It is a daily struggle for me to not grumble and complain about things that happen in my life. Do you struggle with this also? I would think most of us do because in Philippians 2:14-15 (ESV), Paul instructed those in the church of Philippi to, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”
As representatives of Christ, people are watching how we handle things.
I can remember when I was the director of Women’s Ministry at my church. I was having an interaction at the DMV where I was trying hard not to let my anger get the best of me. I am sure this is not a foreign concept to anyone. Not all customer service interactions go as well as we might anticipate! Praise God that He kept me under control because after the transaction was over, the worker said, “Hey, aren’t you in charge of Women’s Ministry at church?” Can you imagine what might have happened had I grumbled, complained, and argued with the poor girl? I was mortified to think about how I almost acted. What might my behavior have taught the people around me about who Christ is? I shudder to think of the potential outcome of my bad attitude.
Just as Paul instructed the Philippians, we should put our grumbling attitudes in check. Not all arguments are worth the effort we put into them. Not all problems are as bad as we think they are, particularly in light of the potential spiritual consequences that might ensue! We need to proactively shine as lights in this dark world!