Daily Devotional, March 20, 2020
Scripture: Philippians 2:14
“Do all things without murmuring and arguing,” (NRSV)
Thoughts for the Day: Have you ever had one of those weeks where there seemed to be more to do than hours in the day? I think we're all having one of those weeks. Now I’m not writing this to complain, I’m just pointing out that when “one of those days” happens, I find it’s good to be reminded why murmuring and arguing doesn’t really help matters all that much. The stuff that needs to be done is still there. Still waiting to be done, and if it’s not, well, more often than not it’s not a good thing.
We’re reminded that God strengthens us, God’s with us, and when things are tough or busy, God’s still there. We can be terrible procrastinators at times, and it helps at times to get that little kick in the rear to get us moving again. This passage also reminds us that, as Christians, we are to take our work seriously. Philippians 2:13 says that it’s God that’s at work in us, enabling us to work and to will for God’s pleasure. For it’s through God shown in our work and service and our play that we become the shining examples to the rest of the world, and not going around looking like we got baptized in vinegar and lost our last best friend.
Prayer: Patient God, give us the kick in the pants we need every once in awhile to stay motivated. We also will constantly recommit ourselves to be willing to do the work you’ve asked us to do with a grateful heart and a smiling face. Amen.