As you all know last week I mentioned a challenge that I was going to participate in. I am so excited that two friends, Barbara C and Danielle H are doing this with me. I have been texting with each of them every day checking in.
I was doing really good I thought until last night, Day/Night 3 of the challenge. There were two different incidences that I could have just started complaining or one of them I could have had an argument with Keith over how we were going to do the snow and which snow we were going to use in the Christmas village.
Because of this challenge it made me think, do we really need to argue over snow in the Christmas village?? Ok, we take our Christmas village pretty seriously over here, but it is not worth an argument. Once we get all the snow out in the village and finish all the final touches I will make sure to post a picture and tell the story of how the Christmas village came to be back in 2005.
I learned that life changes in the blink of an eye on September 15, 2005 on the day our first child, Kate, was born. I was reminded of that again on April 5th of this year when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
This challenge has made me stop and think. The little things we may complain or grumble about, the little things we may argue about or even the things we may tend to be critical about, most of them, do they really matter at all? Are some of those things hindering a closer relationship with God?
Looking back at my journal for the first four days….and I am not posting it all because it might turn into the longest post ever, maybe. I have had some long post I think.
Philippians 2:14 – Do all things without grumbling or disputing. (ESV)
I need to quit complaining grumbling and arguing over things. That is NOT how Jesus wants me to live.
As I was typing out this post and looked up Philippians 2:14 again, I was just reading Philippians 2:15-16 – That you may be blameless and innocent,children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. (ESV)
So in Philippians 2:14-16, Paul is telling us to do all things without grumbling or disputing so that we are blameless and innocent children of God without blemish in this world, and why? So that we shine as lights in the world! I want people to see the light of Jesus in me! When I complain or grumble or argue that is not what they are seeing.
James 5:9 tells us – Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. (ESV)
In chapter 3 of James he talks about taming the tongue.
James 3:5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!
We can use our tongue to complain, grumble, argue, criticize or we can use our tongue to glorify God! We can use our tongue to lift others up rather than putting them down.
Isaiah 41:10 says, fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (ESV)
God will help us. He does not want us to be fearful, He is our God. He can give us the strength to not complain or argue…remember the snow in the Christmas village last night? I could have so started an argument over which snow we were going to use but I stopped, because again, was fake snow in the village worth arguing over? I guarantee you that God has to help me and give me the strength to not say things sometimes and make me realize it is something I just need to let go of.
It tells us in Luke 6:43 that a tree is known by its fruit and in Luke 6:46 for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
My prayer is that I produce good fruit and what is in my heart that comes out of my mouth is good.
This challenge has been very eye-opening. It has made me stop and think before I speak. I am NOT saying that I have done this perfectly – but it has made me see some areas that I need to work on.
I will end my 4 day recap with these two verses that were in today’s devotional.
Psalm 139:23-24 – Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me and lead me in the way everlasting! (ESV)
Psalm 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. (ESV)
I am looking forward to the next three days of this challenge. If you want to read the devotionals from the challenge you can read those over at Kim’s blog.
Here is the post where I first talked about the challenge.
I want to say thank you for all the continued prayers, the cards, and the meals provided as I was recovering from surgery.
Thank you for continuing to walk this journey with us.