BY MYCHAL SEMPRUN
When I was young, like most kids, my mom would give me chores. She would tell me to wash the dishes or take out the trash or whatever. And for the most part I would do it. But every now and then she would have to add a little phrase at the end of her sentence. She would say, “Without the attitude please”. Generally I would just roll my eyes, finish the task and try to keep my mouth shut. Little did I know, my mom was teaching me (or at least trying to) a biblical principle. What I didn’t realize was that as I got older and learned to do what I was asked without complaining, I was being an example to the world around me; and obeying God’s instructions on how to act.
Philippians 2:14-15 says, “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”
Who knew that something seemingly so small could have such an impact? But it makes sense when you think about it, after all joy is a Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). When we start approaching life in such a way that we bring joy into every situation, even the un-savory ones, people notice. By not complaining in scenarios that most might we point to a God that is bigger than our circumstance and/or problems and show that we are not captive to the moment. I know sometimes it can be a little difficult to not complain, especially when we are surrounded by a chorus of complaints on a daily basis; but I believe that when we change our perspective and are intentional about keeping a good attitude, it will not only be a calming voice to the chaotic world around us, but it can also serve as a reminder that God is good, He is in control and wants joy to be an active part of our everyday lives. Joy and complaining don’t play well together, so I challenge you to let go of the complaints, and let the Joy of the Lord fill your life.