Philippians 2 verse 14 to 16 says, ‘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 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.’

this is an important one – a strong way in which i can show Love for someone is by serving them graciously! If my beautiful wife Val [tbV] asks me to do something for her and i sigh loudly and complain about it as i go about doing the task, then it really isn’t as if i have served her at all, because i may have done the job but i have made her feel bad or guilty about asking.

which i realised was something i was doing way too much of a while back and so i blogged this thort on when my yes sounds like a no and have really been making a effort to try and be more enthusiastic with my yes’es… [if the action is something i end up doing anyway, whether i particularly feel like it or not, then i have the choice of serving her and letting her feel loved or at the very least holding back from letting her feel victimised or unloved]

and so we arrive at ‘Enjoy without complaint’, altho i am not too sure how the person got from ‘Do everything without grumbling or arguing’ to ‘Enjoy without complaint’ unless maybe we continue reading – ‘so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’

ah, and it goes back to Loving someone really well. when i know that i have done something that now tbV doesn’t have to do or that helps her out or makes her feel good then that is something that brings me a lot of joy. and hopefully when i do it for anyone. i don’t think the blamelessness and purity is anything we specifically pursue directly, but i think it is more an exciting by product of Loving people around you well.

as i seek to be someone who Enjoys without complaining, may i enrich the lives of those around me and by my example encourage others to consider trying to do the same…

do you have any examples of this to share?

to look at trusting without wavering, continue here.

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