Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe – Philippians 2:14-15
When the Kerith Worship team meet to rehearse every Thursday, we spend half an hour together to either hear someone speak, get to know each other better, pray together or worship together (or a combination of those things). This is an essential part of our time together as it builds relationship with each other and more importantly, with God, our sole purpose for meeting. Last night we spent time simply waiting on the Holy Spirit. In the minutes we spent reflecting, I strongly (which is unusual for me) felt God lead me to the passage above.
I’m a bit of a perfectionist with pretty strong opinions. That can sometimes work in my favour, but in relation to this passage, it couldn’t be worse! I have such a passion for doing things with excellence, pushing for the best we can possibly offer in all we do. Consequently, when things are neither excellent nor the best we can offer, I find it extremely hard not to complain. Unfortunately for me, rarely do we reach the best we can offer. Bottom line? I complain too much. The strong opinions that sometimes characterise me are fantastic catalysts for my drive, but then, as I’m sure you can imagine, they can also lead to arguments. I don’t shape up too well in the light of this passage do I?! To be perfectly honest, I’d be surprised if many of us did.
Regardless of whether you think it’s the right or wrong thing to do, the last few days of the “KONY 2012” campaign have highlighted what a “crooked and depraved generation” we live in. But I want to shine like a star in the universe if it helps expand reaches of the Kingdom of God. If that means I have to stop complaining and arguing, I’ll do my very best. It won’t be easy! But the thing about stars is that supposedly we still see their light long after they’ve died. Having read this passage again last night, my latest prayer is to shine like a star in the universe – that my light, my legacy and my works will outlast me. Stars don’t complain. Stars don’t argue.