"Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depressed generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe."
I must admit that at times I do my own share of complaining. Complaining about my wheelchair, accessibilities, handicapped parking, others attitudes about wheelchairs and disabilities and my list goes on and on. It is difficult for me to not find something daily to complain about. But after I read this scripture, I realize that this is not what God would want me to do. He gave me this life for a reason and I have the interactions and experiences I do for a reason. His reasons are beyond my understanding, but I do understand that he does not want me complaining about my experiences. How can I live my life for God and follow his ways if I am constantly complaining, and blaming others for my circumstances and situations? What happens in our lives, is out of our control. When we think we have control, it is only an illusion. Instead of manipulating our environments like Martha, we must learn to simply listen to God and allow his will in our lives, like Mary. When God told Mary of Nazareth that she was going to give birth to the Christ child she responded with, "May it be done to me according to your will." I pray that I can become more like both Marys, instead of complaining about my circumstances, I can say to God, "May it be done to me according to your will. May I live my life as you would want me to, accepting my situation, my interactions with others, and turning my life over to You."
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Ouch. It is no accident that I stumbled on this one today. Just moments ago my head was full of complaints. Thank you for stopping them dead in their tracks.