Emily was right, you know. In her last blog she said she rarely complains, and she’s right. Her right foot could be broken with her fingernail barely hanging on by the cuticle and head split open, and her response would be, “I’m alright. I’ll be fine. I don’t think I need Advil yet.” She just doesn’t complain.
Unlike me who’s favorite hobby is to forever think of some “horrible thing” that is going on in my world and to harp on it endlessly. Like hiking…seriously, people, who ACTUALLY LIKES HIKING?! I mean besides my best friend.
Anyway, while Emily was being convicted by the Holy Spirit about her instance of complaining and recognizing the truth of Philippians 2:14, I was being convicted of that very same thing but from a different perspective. Between my time with her on Sunday while we were hiking to my Monday night Bible study, it was weighing heavily on me about how my complaining affects my worship. Follow me on this….
The Bible has so many verses on worship. Psalm 95:6 says, “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” Psalm 100:2 tells us, “Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing!” “Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name,” Hebrews 13:15.
There are instances where we see Abraham, Daniel, David, the woman at the well, the creatures and elders in heaven…all of them are worshipping Him. And it wasn’t just a one-time thing. Worship of our Savior should be a sunrise to sunset thing. It should be all hours of the day and night. Every time we are awake, our posture should be one of worship.
But how does that work when you’re constantly complaining about work or family or the stresses of your life? I’m not saying everything has to be roses. In fact, God tells us to bring our burdens to Him; He recognizes there are moments and seasons of struggle, sorrow, or anger. But taking our burdens to Him rather than complaining IS worship! When all I’m doing in mindlessly whining about my woes to those around me, I’m robbing myself of the honor of worshipping Him and robbing HIM of the rightful worship and adoration!
My complaining should be worship in the form of prayer to God asking Him to remove my negative thoughts that, let’s be honest, are probably trivial and not worth complaining about anyway. My time spent cooking dinner could be worship as I listen to praise music in the background, singing out loud about how great our God is! My worship can be a few extra moments reading and meditating on the scriptures that God has given us. There is so much more to worship and so many ways in which to worship Him!
Dear friends, this week my prayer is to ask the Holy Spirit to remove the complaining thoughts and replace them with a desire to continually worship Him. With my eyes fully focused on God and in a posture of constant worship, I can strive to be grateful about what I have or am doing through Him!