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“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 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” Philippians 2:14-15

One of the best ways to learn a lesson from Scripture is to try to teach it to your kids. Last year we did a bit of Scripture memory with our girls and the passage above was one text we worked on. It seemed like a fitting text for a few little girls to learn. The only problem was, as I challenged them, I found myself grumbling and complaining all the time. I may not have used the same childish voice that they did, but what I was doing was still grumbling.

It’s easier said then done isn’t it? The story of the prodigal son ends with an interaction between the father and the older brother. We hear the frustrated grumbling tone in the older brother’s voice. I don’t know about you, but I can sympathize with the older brother at times. What his brother receives is totally unfair! That is until you hear the fathers response, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours (Luke 15:31).” This grumbling child already had what he wanted and didn’t even realize it. As the older son, he was the direct heir and already owned everything the father owned. In addition he had the father’s proximity.

What if it were easier not to grumble or dispute because we realized that the things we long for most are already ours? Our heavenly father does not withhold the best things from his children. Sometimes we may not agree with God on what is best for us, but that is a theological challenge for another day. The point here is this, as children of God we are fellow heirs with Jesus (Rom. 8:7) and have access to everything our deepest selves need. One of the best ways to combat a heart that grumbles or complains is to take the time to remember your blessings. Take a few minutes to simply list some of the things you are grateful for. If you want to grow in this further, I strongly recommend you read the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.[/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text]

By Aaron Bjorklund  

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