“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…” Philippians 2:14-15
It’s Friday. The day a vast amount of people have been looking forward to since Monday. Perhaps it’s felt like a crazy week, but the thought of a brief respite brings relief even before it officially begins. Someone somewhere is looking at the clock and inwardly rejoicing that they are just 60 minutes away from some relaxation.
An email comes in—apparently the boss desperately needs a certain report emailed to him before closing time. Their joyful anticipation turns into a groan as they realize their last hour of work can’t be phoned-in. Perhaps they mumble to themselves that they wish people would remember things they need done sooner. They think that no one hears.
A stock person at a local department store is fuming because Jessica, once again, didn’t break the boxes down last night. They honestly don’t even think to care if anyone hears.
Complaining is easy enough to do—but it certainly isn’t attractive. Christians are called to be different than the world around them. Shining as a light in the world isn’t about getting attention for one’s self, but to show the love of God. Having a grateful, thankful heart and mindset puts others at ease, rather than setting their teeth on edge. Instead of griping, the employees above could choose to be thankful that they have something productive to do, that they have hands and feet capable of breaking down boxes, or that they have a job at all.
It is not always easy to choose to be thankful, but it can be done, even if a person’s brain is screaming complaints—it’s what comes out of the lip that is the crucial part. Just like anything else, the more it’s put into practice, the more likely it is to become habit.
Go on, be thankful and have a great weekend!
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