January 2, 2022

Bob Maas
“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.”
Philippians 2:14
“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:9-10

When I am aware of the Lord’s presence, I am content. If I find myself around unhappy people, regardless of the reason for their irritation, I am able to continue experiencing His peace and joy simply by remaining quiet. I am also able to listen with sensitivity, empathy and understanding about their situation. However, if I engage in any form of complaining or negative conversation, I open a floodgate of harmful thoughts and dialogue which rob me of the joy I had been experiencing. The sense of His presence eludes me and I get caught up in the drama. My only recourse, if I want to return to the awareness of His presence, is to be quiet and observe. Simply by doing this, I am able to capture my thoughts and sort through the confusion that had suddenly engulfed me. Once again, by entering into the intimate fellowship I have with the Lord, I am able to experience the light of His presence and watch the darkness disappear.