Imagine what our lives would look like if there was no such thing as complaining or arguing with one another. Just a place of peace, joy, and contentment. You may be thinking, yeah right Sara, as if that’s ever possible. You could be right, maybe it is impossible on our own. However, I believe that nothing is impossible when we have the Lord on our side, guiding our thoughts and actions, producing the peaceable fruit we need in this fallen world we live in.
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
When we know the Lord, and He lives in us, we no longer have the desire to cause silly debates on meaningless matters. We know the Truth, and we are certain that there is no other way to live but for Jesus Christ. When we come to the realization that this Man had to die in order for us to live, we suddenly feel the need to get quiet and be humble about how we live our lives.
We shouldn’t be in people’s faces, being loud and proud. We should be quieting our hearts and minds and asking the Lord, “what would you have me say here, Lord” or “what would you have me do in this situation?” As we get quiet, He gets louder. As we tune into what His spirit is saying to us, He gives us the peace and confirmation of what we need to hear.
Today I decided to get quiet by deleting my Facebook account. I asked the Lord to reveal to me areas where I was being too loud, and He showed me. Over the past few weeks I have been glued to my phone and posting pictures everyday, several times a day. Even though I’m not being loud with my words, I felt as though I was being too loud by drawing peoples attention to me, my pictures, my videos, my website, and my selfies.
Oh, how I wish I could go back and change some of the posts I’ve made that are self-directed into being more Christ-directed.
Although I try to post uplifting and encouraging words, I just felt overwhelmed at all the attention I was receiving on my posts when that was not the main goal of posting things.
But after realizing that deleting my Facebook account isn’t necessarily the ultimatum, I do believe that in order to hear from the Lord in a clearer way, I need to make sure I’m quiet enough to hear from Him. This includes spending less time on posting, and more time listening to people. I want to give people my full attention. Not just half of my attention while my face is down in my phone, but the full undivided attention they deserve. I know this can be hard, but I want to challenge you to do the same. Take some time in your day to answer messages, but spend the rest of your day just trying to listen. Listening to the Holy Spirit. Listening to a friend. Listening to a favourite song.
I don’t want to get to heaven and hear the Lord say “Sara, you have hindered people from seeing me because they saw too much of you.” People may say “Look how she shines.” But I would much hear them say “look how He shines through her.”
When we take the time to stop what we’re doing, look at what is happening in our lives, and listening to what the Lord is saying to us, we begin to feel less apt to complain and more likely to count our blessings. We begin to realize how faithful the Lord really is in our lives once we stop trying to be the centre of attention and give God our full attention.
What areas in your life do you find yourself constantly complaining about? Is it your job? Your husband? Is it the way you look or the way you feel?
What things make you tick, and how do you deal with them? Do you ask the Lord to help you? Do you give Him your utmost respect and attention instead of getting angry?
All I can do is give God the glory for helping me in these areas and keeping me on the right path. I pray that He would do the same for you, and give you the ability to stop, look, and listen to Him.