Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 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 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.

Philippians 2:14-16 NIV


A devotion for January 21st through the 27th


Do you sometimes find yourself grumbling?  We all do.  It’s so easy to do.  We tend to see the negative around us and we slip into complaining.  We grumble about all the little things around us.  Things start going wrong and we just start complaining and sometimes we just can’t seem to stop ourselves.  If we don’t catch ourselves, we can spiral down to a grumbling, complaining pit where all we see is the negative around us.

This is something I have been trying to work on within myself.  I have been trying to identify when I am starting to “grumble” and then I start to talk to God.  I find that if I start to talk to God, I slowly start turning it over to Him and I also find myself praising Him and seeing more of the good around me, the things to be grateful for.  My path changes and so does my mindset.

God asks us to not grumble or argue.  God calls us to act in a way that we have no fault in this sinful world.  We can’t do this on our own of course, we need Him.  By walking with Him, talking with Him, praying, and studying His word, we can begin to leave the bad thoughts, choices, grumbling behind us and move forward into a life where others see Him in us.  We glorify God in this way.  And we begin to treat others with love and grow into the people God wants us to be.

When things begin to seem negative, turn to Him.  He will lead us away from the grumbling and into His glorious light. 

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