Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life…Philippians 2:14-16a, NASB
I do not usually think of myself as one who grumbles. But it is Monday and the tasks before me are the usual mundane chores-my Weekly Home Blessing Hour is the name they go by-which I am finding funny today. Oh how I grumble my way through and sometimes do a half-hearted job. I also will look for ways to do less than my best just so I can get it done and move on to the more intriguing tasks I have planned. How is cleaning my house going to be a light to the world after all? But it is the task before me and part of caring for that which God has so abundantly provided—still…
But then I started to think about some other things God has laid at my feet to do and I sense some grumbling. “Why me? Those are not my skill sets, Lord?” “Is this really going to make a difference for the Kingdom?” “Would the world come crashing down if I just did not show up?” God is calling me to some things way out of my comfort zone at the moment and I am questioning His decision and trying to talk Him out of it-oh dear. The funny thing is, such an attitude flies in the face of my prayer as I read through Psalm 92:
The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree,
He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Planted in the house of the Lord,
They will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still yield fruit in old age;
They shall be full of sap and very green,
To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. -Psalm 92: 12-15, NASB
Did you catch that line: "They will still yield fruit in old age?" Okay, I am not feeling like I am there yet, old age, though my kids are starting to differ with that opinion and AARP came knoocking a few years ago But I did pray as I read that, that God would continue to use me in old age to be a light and a witness for Him-that my life would always and forever bring Him glory. That each new day He gives would be lived in His service. I suppose a good place to start would be to stop grumbling about today’s tasks and get with the plan.