I must admit that this 90 day challenge that I have been a part of at the church where I serve has been DIFFICULT!!!! We are in day 37 and each day gets tougher. What is the challenge that I am talking about? For 90 days, we as church members must do three things. They are the following:
1) Do not ask anything from the church. Do not say I want this or I want that from the church. Instead, ask how you can serve Christ through the church; give instead of take.
2) Do not complain, grumble, or argue about anything. PERIOD! (This is the one that I am finding very difficult.) Paul writes this in Philippians 2:14. I have searched every translation in English to find some type of wording that will allow me a way out. They all say the say thing! UGH!!!
3) For 2 hours a week, serve someone else. Find someone around you to help. Send a note, make a phone call, send a text, cut their grass, bake them something, pay a bill for them, pray for them, etc. Do something for someone else.
That's it. Three things to do for 90 days. Simple, right?
I have just sit here and rewritten this section about 3 times now. I was just typing away, complaining. But I am not going to go down that path. I will state as I said about, that this has been difficult. I know that it will continue to be, but....
I am going to choose to be thankful to Jesus, instead. I want to thank him for all he has done in my life. I want to thank Jesus for who he is; Savior, Lord, GOD!
I can think of a lot that is not right with the things around me. I can focus of how others are acting and complain about it. But I will simply start praising him instead!
I can already feel a difference in my chest. I know that focusing on the right thing matters. I must be obedient to what God has said through Paul. I must stop the madness that complaining, grumbling and arguing bring to my life and the life of others by praising the name of Jesus.
Will you join me in that? Will you praise Jesus and not complain, grumble or argue? The choice is yours!