Thought for the week

I suppose that most of us spend a great many hours complaining about things – whether it’s the quality of our own lives or the way groups that we operate in function.

Perhaps some of us made a resolution at the start of the year to be much more positive about things this year, than we were in 2013, but despite our best efforts, we still find ourselves regularly complaining about things.

Why? Is it because we want to draw attention to something that we genuinely feel could be improved?

Or is it because we want other people to feel that our lives are not going completely smoothly, because if we ever gave that impression to some people, then they might get a bit jealous of us. And we wouldn’t want that.

Does jealousy fuel our need to complain because we wished we had more say in decision making?

Of course it is easy to complain about the way things are. It is much more difficult to be willing to give our time and effort to try and make things better.

Of course when we have ‘made things better to our own satisfaction’ we have to accept other people might come along and complain about the changes we have made. And suggest improvements to our improvements. But that is the way life is.

Life is never going to be exactly the way we want it all the time. But it could always be better at any time for more of us.

At the heart of the Christian gospel is the belief that people can make the world a better place to live in, if people were prepared to listen to Jesus’ teaching and try and put it into practice.

Rev Ian McLachlan