Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me. Philippians 2:14-18
I really hate being around people that do nothing but complain. They constantly grumble about how bad they have it and question everything. Nothing is right and someone else always has it better. Being around people like that drags everyone else down. It is hard to keep a positive attitude around such negativity.
There is nothing wrong with asking questions. That is how we learn and questions also help others better define what they are asking for. I don’t think that is what Paul is talking about. I think Paul is concerned with the malcontent, the complainer, the person who always knows better. When we go about God’s work we need to have a right attitude. If unbelievers see us going about with a poor attitude they see us as no different than anyone else.
I know it is hard to have a positive attitude all the time but most times our attitude is what we want to make it. I often tell my kids that if you go into a task thinking you will fail then you most likely will fail. If we go into God’s work grumbling then that will carry over to those around us. It is amazing how quickly one persons bad attitude can affect the whole group.
We need to set the example for others. If the world sees us with a good positive attitude it starts them to wondering. What do they have, what do they know that I don’t. Then we can share to joy we have in Christ. Joy is a choice. We can choose it no matter what the circumstances.
Have a blessed day,