One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. For me, it’s a process that helps me move from simply reading the Word to allowing the Word to read me.
It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Philippians 1-2
“Do everything without complaining and arguing” ~Philippians 2:14
Everything? Really, everything? Can I really learn to live by trusting God with “everything” and complaining about nothing? Living with no complaints and instead, replacing those complaints with a sense of peace … that’s not easy for me!
I don’t complain about the same things I use to complain about. I suppose I’ve either learned to trust, or I’ve gained enough understanding to render those old complaints moot. Still, there’s no shortage of new complaints, but instead of identifying a problem or a solution, most of the time those complaints are an indication of my own selfishness and lack of trust.
What I need to learn is a deeper trust when I’m tempted by a lack of understanding with new complaints. What I need to learn is a deeper sense of appreciation for the countless ways Jesus has proven himself worthy of trust in my life. What I need to live into is a deeper sense of expectation for the Good Father who is returning all things to right and inviting us to participate in his restorative work.
Therefore, live with a sense of peace as we learn to trust, appreciate, and live in expectation for the reality of a world restored to right!
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?