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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Be Encouraged - Shine Among them Like Stars


“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

This was the verse of the day on Bible Gateway, and for some reason it really spoke to me. I have heard it hundreds of times before (my mom used to throw it in our faces about chores haha), but this time it hit home. Hard.

I have a lot of parts of my life that I complain about in my heart, even if it never comes out of my mouth. It isn't any better to keep it to myself! I really dislike whiny people, but I find myself whining about them… That makes me just as bad. We DO live in a warped and crooked generation. I do want to shine among them like a star in the sky. Is it really that easy to not complain and make that happen? When I think of people I know that do not complain alot, I realize how wonderful it is to be around them. Easily agreeable people are so relaxing, and I aim to be one of them!

I want to encourage you today to check your whine-o-meter. How often do you complain? Keep in mind that this is not something discouraged in the Bible, it is commanded. Do EVERYTHING without grumbling or complaining. That is a tough cross to bear. You can be honest without being whiny!! Take a moment to re-phrase things. Ladies (specifically), we have a bad reputation for complaining! Check yourself.

Be encouraged today. God loves a cheerful worker. Work to shine!



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