Philippians 2:12-18 (NIV)
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
Are you a positive or negative person? Better yet, which do the people around you say you are?
Take a minute and write out the worst thing that happened to you in the past week. Now take a minute and write out the best thing that happened to you in the past week. Which was easier to come up with? Chances are, if it was easier to come up with the worst thing, you are generally a negative person.
So often we complain about everything that is going on in our lives that don’t go exactly how we want them to. Even when things are going well in our lives, all we have to do is turn on the news and we see everything that is going wrong. Paul even tells us that we are living “in a warped and crooked generation” So what are we to do?
In the passage above, Paul tells us to “Do everything without grumbling or arguing”. How much better would your life be if you started complaining less and were much more glad? This is a choice you can choose every day. You can choose to let your situations dictate your emotions the next time someone says something you don’t like, the next time your boyfriend or girlfriend breaks up with you, or when you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed. However, your emotions don't have to be dictated by whatever happens that day.
When Paul says “Do everything without grumbling or arguing”, he means EVERYTHING. Not just when we feel like it or don’t feel like it, but in all situations. This is done by God changing us and by a daily choice to surrender to Him and to be glad.
So will you choose daily to be happy or will your situation dictate your emotions? Will you choose to be joyful in everything or go with whatever mood your situation guides?
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