The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 73
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 (ESV)
Your passive role in sanctification is even easier than your active role. It is only to accept what you cannot normally avoid anyway. It is only to bear with love—that is, with comfort and sweetness—what you would otherwise have to bear with boredom and spite.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
There is a simple step you can take that will result in a dramatic advance along the path of abandonment: omit needless complaining. There is also a rule that will help you to do this: all complaining is needless.
Everything you might be tempted to complain about is either a problem for you to solve, a trial for you to endure, or a combination of both. Complaining is dead weight that will slow you down and dull your discernment. Dropping this weight provides an instant boost as you progress towards a greater abandonment.
The path of abandonment is full of small changes and imperceptible growth, for such is the mystery of the kingdom of heaven. Thank God, therefore, that there are a few small steps you can take, especially at the beginning, that will yield instant and obvious results. To see such results, simply stop complaining. As a companion step, stop arguing. As Philippians 2:14 puts it, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing…”
“Do all things” means that this rule applies universally. A life of abandonment is not found in doing one or two great things, but in the general way you do all things, great and small.
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