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.

Philippians 2: 14, 15

I don’t want make you nervous or cause you to start constantly looking behind you, but there are eyes watching you. Everywhere you go and everything that you do; someone is considering what you are doing, with whom you are doing it, where you are going, and how you are doing it. Each day of our lives is another chapter in a story, and we get to select the direction that it goes. We don’t get to pick all of the influences or all of the twists and turns of the plot; we certainly don’t get to choose all of the other characters who will interact with us; and we aren’t given total control of the outcome of those interactions. Yet we do have control over how we deal with what comes our way.

Frankly, on some days I can look at it all as a great adventure, even as a romance in the classic literary sense, and I face these days with my mood elevated and my energy high. There are other days that I start with a feeling of pure dread or with no energy; I simply would prefer to pull the covers over my head and sleep through the whole thing. These are my days of “grumbling and questioning”. These are the times that God is warning us about. Each person has different versions of what these days are like in our own individual life stories, but each of us does have them. Also, I find that the start of the day may not be the absolute indicator of how and where it will go; my mood and spirits may be great to start, but I will allow the events of the day to cause me to change.

These attitudes influence the way that we handle situations and the way that we deal with people. Since all our responses are being observed, the way that we handle life has an influence on how willing others are going to be to trust God to make their lives better. This is a big responsibility, this showing the face and the heart of God to a lost world, but remember, we are not ever alone in the process of living life. We are never working on our own in doing this light spreading job that God says is a primary task of His children. As the Spirit of God is implanted in us, as Christ shows us the way, and as the Father directs us; this is how we need to go through each day. I get to select my role in the world today, and so do you. I can choose to care for and about others; I get to decide to be honest and direct. I can determine if today’s chapter is filled with instances of bringing light to dark places or whether I make them darker; so do you.