Thoughts on “A Complaint-Free World”

February 18, 2008 at 12:09 pm 5 comments

Complaint-Free Thanksgiving Verse

I made this cool little sidebar icon for those of you interested for a “Complaint Free Movement” reminder.  (To install to your sidebar, click: How to Install a Photo to Sidebar Using WordPress Text Widgets)

I wanted a verse.  The perfect verse for me was the same verse I’d given my second grade Sunday School class for emphasis:  “I want you to SHINE LIKE STARS IN THE UNIVERSE!”  And…I forgot the rest of the verse, the part I needed!  Ouch!  I NEED Philippians 2:14-16!

Meditations from Philippians 2:14-16:

  1. My job assignment is NOT to make the world a positive place.  My job is to “hold out the word of life” effectively, according to Matthew 28:  The Great Commission, that is, without grumbling and complaining
  2. To have Christ working in me is that only way it’s possible, and only for the right reasons is it possible: Jesus Christ working in us because he loves the world.
  3. Don’t sacrifice at the altar of peace.  Grace AND truth walk hand in hand for the believer.  Give “the word of life” in gentle, loving, caring, inspired, and creative ways.  That challenge is what makes the Christian walk so exciting for me!!! 
  4. Am I reading this right?  Can complaining and arguing REALLY create a crooked and depraved people?  Thinking hard, for the Israelites, that was the case.  God delivered them from Egyptian captivity.  But, when grumbling and complaining spread through the camp like a disease, it caused mass chaos every time, turning their hearts away from The One who had just delivered them.  All he wanted from them was their worship, their thanksgiving, faith, and trust.  We infect each other still today.
  5. We are not cut from a different fabric from the Israelites today.  Without Christ to make us new, we are the same grumbling people who cannot worship our saving God to save our lives.  Literally.

“so that you will BECOME blameless and pure…in which you shine like lights in the universe as you hold out the world of life”… 

Who knew that one small discipline could yield so much benefit?  This verse makes me want to look at ALL my disciplines as a whole again, taking them seriously to see how my neglect of them doesn’t just affect ME…it also dims His light shining through me.  Lord, discipline me, to your glory and fame!


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Onesimus: Slave Concerned About My Toilet Water

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  • 1. awomansdevotion  |  February 18, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Great insight.

    GUMC felt that they should say something else besides “Complaint-Free world” as well. That is why they made their own bracelets that are green and just have Phillipians 2:14 on them. However, like you I like 2:14-16 best–Maybe I will use a sharpie to change mine.

    Maggie replies: What is GUMC? The Methodist Church?
    I really want my bracelet to be pretty! I might make a beaded one! Ooooh!

  • 2. Misty  |  February 18, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Boy have I rolled far from this idea! I’m just a grumbler and complainer here lately. I feel halfway crazy most of the time. I’ll be thankful to have some normal hormone cycles again–it will probably be months from now, but I’ll be thankful for it, and I’m sure everyone around me will too!

  • 3. awomansdevotion  |  February 18, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Yes, GUMC is the local United Methodist Church. Sorry for any confusion.

  • 4. mandythompson  |  February 19, 2008 at 9:02 am

    mags: i’m hearing SO MUCH about my tongue these days…. its everywhere. totally making me think i need to cut it out or something.
    thanks for the reminder. sincerely. thank you!

  • 5. Suzanne  |  February 19, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    You just HAD to go there, didn’t you!

    Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord my rock and my redeemer. – Psalm 19:14.

    I have placed these words before my eyes so much I actually typed that without looking it up (until I had to remember the address…I need to get over my aversion to numerals).

    It is an ongoing struggle for me. Glad to know I’m not in this particular battle alone.

    Have you read Conversation Peace by Mary Kassian? I have it, but haven’t read past the first chapter or so. I need to pull it off the shelf today. Thanks!

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