About a month ago, I came across a passage during my devotional time that really struck a chord with me.
"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." Philippians 2:14-16 NIV
The part that REALLY stuck out to me? "Do everything without grumbling or arguing."
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure I do almost nothing without grumbling (or as the New Living Translation states it, "complaining."). Whoops.
I've had a difficult winter for some reason this year. I just found myself in this rut that I couldn't get out of (see: *sigh*), and even just last week I was on the verge of tears about how overwhelmed I feel.
Yet, this verse keeps coming to mind.
I know that we all go through difficult times in our lives. I know that we will all have moments, days, weeks, months, or years of feeling overwhelmed and stuck, but I believe that it is in these times that we can shine. How do we handle these situations? Are we quick to complain? Do we take these overwhelming feelings to the Lord and ask Him for strength? I admit that I have certainly failed in this area.
We all have commitments and responsibilities. We all have times we don't feel like keeping up, and that's ok. But when the going gets tough, we are supposed to do what we need to do "without grumbling or arguing." It's definitely a lesson I need to learn!
A chapter later, Paul also tells us to "press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me." (Philippians 3:12) No matter how dark things seem, we need to keep going.
In fact, as I type this, I have the windows open. I took a walk in the beautiful sun today. Things are already looking up. Spring has come, and I can feel myself pulling up out of the rut that I'm in. I pray that you all continue to press on through whatever you're going through now!