Jon Moton – Ahwatukee Campus Pastor
Since we are family, I have to be honest. I love complaining. I love complaining about big things, small things, pointless things. There’s something about complaining that makes me feel better.
But I don’t think I am alone.
I think we all could list a number of things to complain about. From the weather to politics to poor Wi-Fi to traffic – we can complain about a lot of things. Some of us are naturals. It comes so easy, it is second nature. We are naturally snarky, cynical, or sarcastic. …it’s like our other talent.
Let’s call complaining what it really is. It’s apathy and negativity. It is opposite of Jesus. All throughout scripture we see Jesus characterized by grace, love, and patience. Complaining is just a cover from what really is going on in our heart. We have a deeper problem and we have a deeper issue.
I believe that the development of technology and access to instant information has made it easier to complain. But it has also made it easier to do nothing about the very thing we are upset about.
What if we decided to something more than complain? Perhaps you have complained about injustice. Perhaps you have complained about those “in charge”. Complaining about the world around us doesn’t change it. Complaining about all the things that people should do doesn’t fix things.
The fallacy here is that we think because we are “telling it like it is” it somehow makes us better. The Apostle Paul wrote:
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 NLT
Choose to do something instead of complaining about it. Be a difference maker. Consider these steps
- Choose to listen to people around you.
- Choose to be generous with your time and resources.
- Choose to show up.
- Choose to be respectful over being right.
May you grow to “love you some” difference making!