14-16Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I'll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You'll be living proof that I didn't go to all this work for nothing."
i've been thinking a lot about complaining lately. when is it okay? who are okay people to 'vent' to? i sat here yesterday and couldn't even write a blog post that wasn't made up solely of complaints.
today as i sit in the same seat, i keep mulling philippians 2 around in my head. we had a steve green kid's sing-a-long video at our house growing up, and i still remember most of the songs. "do everything without complaining" song still shows up in my rote memory once in a while. (the 'keep your tongue' song from psalm 43 could get stuck in your head for DAYS). but today, i sort of stopped in my tracks when i realized it said do everything without complaining? oh suck.
i actually went to biblegateway.com to make sure that was correct, and hoping for an 'out'. that maybe they had overstated it for impact in the kids song. but nope. so where does that put us? complaining is my extracurricular activity. isn't that how a lot of us utilize these forums? (blogs, twitter, facebook?).
today i'm praying i'll stop looking for excuses to be restless and discontent. stop giving myself permission to be annoyed. isn't the idea of God having "good cause to be proud" of us sufficient motivation? cause right now, my heart doesn't feel edified, it feels polluted.
God make me a breath of fresh air.