We probably all know of people who are in the
grips of negativism. Nothing seems to cross their path that would
bring a smile to their face. In every good event, these people are
able to find something that is wrong or lacking. But now, last
week, I heard a television commentator take the cake.
As you know, the Boston Red Sox celebrated
their first World Series victory in 86 years. The last time they
had won the World Series was in 1918. Such a long drought of
failing to win the World Series had people believing they were
cursed for trading away Babe Ruth. But now, the curse is over.
They finally won, and in convincing fashion! Few World Series
victories could have meant more to fans after such a long wait. So
you could imagine my surprise when I heard a commentator on
television bemoaning the loss of tradition (a losing tradition)
for the Red Sox fans. He lamented that a "bond" had been broken
that all Red Sox fans, for several generations, have had it
common. Now, a whole generation of kids will grow up knowing
nothing of the frustration of their parents and grandparents. They
will know nothing of the "curse of the Bambino." How sad!
Are you kidding? Are people really that
negative? Can one find something to complain about in one of the
greatest World Series victories for a Red Sox fan? Apparently so,
but before we criticize this commentator for his negative remarks,
maybe we would do well to examine our own lives.
Have you ever been guilty of complaining and
being negative in the midst of incalculable good being done? Just
take a look at the local church. It is not a rare thing to
hear Christians complaining about one thing or another. But think
about it. Each day in the life of a congregation sees people
living out the Lordship of Jesus in their daily life. Every day
people are ministering to those who have needs. Every day someone
has learned another nugget of truth from the study of Godís word.
Sacrifices of teaching, service, and money are made continually so
that the work of the church can continue to prosper in a
community. Souls are saved from sin and those once saved are
restored to their first love. The "weightiness" of these matters
cannot be measured, but they are routine in a local church.
But now, hereís where we might be guilty. In
the face of so much good, we may find ourselves being critical,
dissatisfied, and complaining. We may be guilty of being blinded
to the good by our focus on the negative.
My suggestion...back up from the tree so you can see the
forest! Iím not suggesting that we gloss over our faults, but I am
suggesting that we broaden our vision to see the good that is
being accomplished. And finally remember what the Book says, "Do
all things without murmuring and disputing" (Philippians 2:14).