“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world.” Philippians 2:14, 15
I am guilty and so are you! We all have done this in the past. When our job, or our spouse, or our church requires us to do something we don’t like, we complain about it. Now, I’m sure you don’t always express your dissatisfaction but I’m sure it’s there, building up inside of you. The Bible says don’t do it at all. It can be hard, but it’s a lot easier if you follow these five biblical steps:
5 Steps To Stop Complaining
1. Stop being selfish. The essence of the entire Bible is to care for others before caring for yourself. I’m sure you have heard about the Golden Rule. Think of the needs of others before complaining about doing something.
2. Think of your reputation. Paul says that if you don’t complain and argue you will be blameless. Your reputation is on the line every time you are asked to complete a task.
3. Set an example. Paul also says that if you don’t complain you will be pure. As a Christian, all eyes are one you. You represent Jesus Christ in all you do. Remember that the next time you want to fuss about something trivial.
4. Be a child of God. We live in a perverse and evil world. That doesn’t mean you have to act that way too. Stand out in this world through your upstanding actions. Look forward to heaven because you know this world is not your own.
5. Shine your light. In Matthew chapter five, Jesus explains that we are both salt and light. Salt is when you are flavoring someone with the gospel. You are speaking to them about God, heaven, and salvation through Jesus. Light is when your actions line up with what you are saying. Sometimes we need to put the salt back in our pockets, and let our lights shine through our actions. You are light to this world so your actions must correspond to that.
I know, I know, this can be hard. But, with the proper amount of time in prayer and keeping your focus on God’s mission, this will come easy to you. Follow these five steps. Write them down. Print them out. Carry them with you where you know you will be tempted to complain. God has called us all out of confusion and into his glorious light. Let’s make sure that all aspects of our life reflect that light, not just when we go to church.