by Heather Tietz
For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and arguing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without defect in the middle of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as lights in the world, holding up the word of life, that I may have something to boast in the day of Christ, that I didn’t run in vain nor labor in vain.
Dissatisfaction. It’s our nature. After all, isn’t that how we began? “Where is my warm, dark home? My blanket’s loose! My diaper’s wet!” We graduate to words. “Why can’t things be the way I want? This is how I must have it! Listen to me!” Like a bird intrinsically knows how to root out a worm, no one has to teach us to argue or complain. We just come that way. It’s human nature. It isn’t God-nature, though. It isn’t Christ-like.
Complaining and angry arguing, the finger-pointing, high-pitched, loud-voiced, pressing-someone-to-see-your-way kind, leaves our Christ-likeness somewhere in the hall, along with our patience, kindness, and mercy. It isn’t God’s way.
Goodness is. But how to be good in the midst of a frustrating situation, when complaining and arguing is as natural as worms surfacing when it rains? You’ve got to stop the thunder and lightning you’re producing!
Stop. Ask God for peace. Then think it. Speak it. Pursue it. Let your frustrating perspective change to His grand one. Take a look at your situation from God’s great height.
A God-view will deaden your desire to root out filth and spread it around. Discomfort will ease. A light will break through that clouded view, and those figurative worms will retreat to their caverns. Then, you and those around you can have a more palatable conversation to chew.