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Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
Recently I attended a dear friends funeral. This friend was the sheer image to me what a God fearing woman looked like. She worked part time in a child ministry, took care of her family, was at Church every time the doors where open and was never to busy to pray for a friend in need. We always used to say if you wanted something done just call on Mrs. Jane and it will get done. She was a busy woman. She never seemed to tire from spreading God’s Word and she never seem to tire from caring for others. In fact she loved it. One thing I loved most about her that no matter what was going on you didn’t hear her complain. Instead she would always say “God has this under control.” She seemed to suffer more than most battling cancer numerous times until the very end. She was a gem. Still you never heard her complain.
I think about myself. There is often times you can find me complaining over silly things. I complain and grumble because sometimes my family feels they don’t need to clean up after themselves. I complain because no matter what my to do lists seem to get longer instead of shorter during the day. I complain because the children have their moments where they do not want to listen for whatever reason. I bet if you were honest you would have to admit you complain often as well.
As wives, mother’s and Children of God we have a lot going on at all times. Yet complaining never seems to make us feel better no matter how much we think it would. If anything It makes us even more frustrated and the the time it took us to complain about doing that particular task could have resulted in the task being completed. When we spend our time complaining then we are doing nothing more than just like the rest of the world.
Paul urged the people to continue to work for the glory of God so that they would be different. He told them that they should do so without complaining. The reason being…..We should be able to find joy in serving God. Now I know that you are thinking you tend to children and your house how is that serving to God? The fact of the matter is that it is those very things that you are doing with your children that mold them into future disciples of God. It is because of your action and dedication that they know what a servants heart looks like in action. Providing we are doing so without complaining.
We should be willing to serve those outside of our homes with a servants heart as well. After all how else are we suppose to reach others if we are unwilling to serve them with a joyful heart? So when we do things for our Church we should do so gladly. Not pretend to be happy in front of the person who asked and the call someone up on the phone to complain later. It is a privilege to serve our Church’s not a job. If we have a friend in need then the same principle should be applied. Serve them with a joyful heart you never know what kind of impact you could have on that friend.
We may never see the rewards on this Earth that we feel we should get but rest assured they are coming. I am sure Mrs. Jane never knew how much of an impact she was on all of us she touched and yet I can tell you now because of her faithfulness she was cherished. She stood out in a crowd because of her love for God and her servants heart. Wouldn’t you like to be remembered the same way?
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,I would like to invite you to my Facebook group Christian Homemakers in Training where we dive into homemaking, motherhood, marriage and group devotions. After all, we all need a safe place to grow together, right?