If You Can’t Say Something Nice…

“Do everything without complaining or arguing so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”

Philippians 2:14-15

As simple as this verse is it can be hard to comprehend what a day like this looks like. Let alone letting it affect your lifestyle. However, I can’t really read the word “everything” in regards to a command like this and not just try to make it be a “sometimes” or “every now and then” suggestion. Because “everything” wouldn’t be realistic, right? Paul probably just meant as much as you can, huh?

Everything means everything. Why do I think I’m the exception to the rule when I’m called to live by the Word.

Sometimes in the midst of busyness we can tend to verbally throw up more often than necessary. Are you venting about your life in every conversation you have? Are you doing it every day? Do you realize that you are?

Leaders come from everywhere and tend to be in many forms. You may not realize it but in some form or another you are a leader. Assuming that you have heard that before you’ve probably also had someone tell you, “You’re in a bubble” or “People are always watching or looking to you”.

You’ve heard it, contemplated it, and maybe you’re tired of it being put in your face.

Unfortunately, I think this is one we cannot really afford to just put aside. With all of my current life transitions coming into play I have all eyes on me when I’m going from place to place and I have to think about what I’m communicating to others.

What do my conversations say about me? More importantly what do my conversations say about how I am dealing with what God has given me?

Am I venting to one person, or am I complaining to anyone who will listen about how “hard” my life is right now. Complaining and arguing that is done regularly comes from an attitude of ungratefulness.

When I choose to complain, I’m saying what God’s given me isn’t good enough. It’s an ugly, very unattractive quality and people won’t want to be around you.

Put simply, think before you speak. And when you do speak, know that it’s coming from your heart.

“But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person”

Matthew 15:18

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