Murmuring can be defined as whining, whispering, or muttering under our breath about something that we are not happy about.
Look at Paul's instructions to the church at Phillipi.
Philippians 2:14-16 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Most times when you and I get whiny about something we don't like it is because of one or a combination of these reasons:
- We are being selfish and want our own way.
- We are not being grateful for what we do have already.
- We do not have all of the information.
- We are not willing to look at the big picture instead of our own viewpoint.
In this text the Apostle Paul says that our grumbling has a detrimental effect on three things:
- Our testimony (our light) is adversely affected.
- The Gospel of Christ is poorly displayed.
- Our murmuring discounts the efforts of those that have worked to mentor us spiritually. Paul said, "that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain."
And so, let us determine to be grateful, to try to see things from other's points of view, and to lift our eyes beyond our petty mindset and see the big picture. Today we choose to be positive, not for ourselves, but for the cause and the call of Jesus Christ.