Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life. . . .Phil. 2:14-16a.
How quick do you complain? How frequently do you gripe? Do you find yourself often with a disagreeable attitude?
Truthfully (and shamefully), most of us must admit that murmurings and disputings characterize our responses far more often than they should! While this regrettable disposition may not easily be seen while we are at church, it does often show up in our day-to-day lives and thru our interaction with others.
I recently read something from David Jeremiah that both stirred, convicted, and challenged me concerning this theme. I pray that it does the same for you!-MP
Ask almost any waiter, waitress, or server and they’ll tell you: They dread the Sunday after-church crowd. Perhaps it’s undeserved, but many churchgoers have the reputation of being demanding and stingy. . . .
It behooves us to be kind to those who serve us. . . .Those who serve us-waiters, clerks, tellers. . . babysitters. . . .supermarket baggers. . .and so forth-often work long hours and receive minimal pay. Yet they bear the brunt of complaints. They often have to put up with arrogant, unkind, irritable clients.
Go out of your way to smile at the guy behind the counter. Be pleasant to the woman on the phone. Tip when appropriate. Be a pleasure to serve. Show unusual kindness. A dash of gratitude can brighten the skies of others and exemplify Christ to those who don’t know Him, and encourage those who do! *Emphasis mine.Posted by Pastor Micah Perry on Feb.04, 2017