“Shine like a light in the universe,” Philippians 2:15 reads. It reminded me of a time we went to hear a well-known Christian sing whose music I loved. During her chatter between songs, she spoke subtly of her husband’s failures in preparing her sound system. Her criticism was somewhat veiled but came across loud and clear. I think of how grieved she would be to know that that is what I remember of her intro to her song about shining like a light in the universe. And so, I believe God brought this memory to enlighten me. As I walk out this difficult season of life, I am to watch my words. Criticism and complaining dim my light and darken the image of Christ I hope to display to those listening to my rants, disguised as “sharing.”

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless children of God…” Philippians 2: 14-15 NKJV