I’m not sure if you are like me, but very often, I find that it is so easy to fall into the trap of complaining about things. Complain about the traffic. Complain about the weather. Complain about having to get up so early to get to work. Complain about chores. Complain complain complain.
But what if all of those things that we complain about are there for a reason? What if the traffic is there because we have been blessed with the means by which we have a car. By God’s grace, I have a job that creates income that allows me to have a roof over my head, put food on the table, and to actually have table. I get the honor of working a job in which I can make a difference in the lives of others. I have dishes to wash and grass to mow because I am fortunate to have those things.
Pride is a deadly sin if we let it rule over our lives. But, in my own opinion, it is important to take pride in the things we have in our lives, which I believe can lead to us caring for those things in our lives that we have been blessed with. I take pride in doing my best at work, because, even though I work in a public school where talking religion is frowned upon, I am still doing God’s purpose set before me. I take pride in taking care of the possessions I have because they are a blessing to even have them at all. But there also has to be a balance between pride and obsession I think.
As Paul states here, we should work out our salvation, and do so without grumbling. Whatever God’s purpose for you may be, it probably isn’t going to be an easy road. There are going to be things that cause you to stumble. There are going to be things that cause stress, heartbreak, and all sort of other negative feelings. But through those things, you will grow as a person and as Christian. So, instead of complaining about all of those things that can bring us down, retrain your mindset to see the silver lining in those tougher times. And, as Paul states, be glad and rejoice.