Philippians 2 vs 14
“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.”
The language spoken by our culture today is filled with complaint. No one is ever satisfied with what they have and they speak frequently about the negative aspects in their lives as they look around them at the things that others have, and the things they feel that they deserve.
Pride rules in such a way that one refuses to acknowledge second place. Arguing becomes the tool used in order to try and place one’s own opinions and thoughts on center stage. Arguing comes about as two people try to convince each other that they are right.
I often struggle with how to be a witness in my place of work. This verse brings me so much comfort in that He has equipped me with such an effective tool in how to stand out differently among my colleagues. Not just to stand out, to shine like the stars in the universe.
As I go about my day these two questions are consistently in my thoughts: “Am I complaining and am I arguing?” Although many times I have to answer yes to one or both of these questions, I consistently strive to complain and argue less, so that I will shine like the stars of the universe and so that a door will be opened for one of my colleagues to ask me about why I am different.