Reflections on the Quest: Have it your way!

Wasn’t that the slogan for Burger King?  Why do we insist on having it our way?  Whether consciously or unconsciously, deep down the vast majority of us very much want “it” our way.  Isn’t that why we grumble and complain so much?  I’ve been overwhelmed lately with believers grumbling about—usually—small things.  I could give examples, but won’t.  I have to wonder, though, how do I sound to others?  Am I marked by consistent verbal discontent?  If so, I apologize!  The author of the book of Hebrews seems to be on a mission to help his readers think about Christ and the blessings associated with Christ.  I suppose the same could be said of the Apostle Paul and the other writers of the New Testament.  When some of these books were written, believers were beginning to face persecution.  Yet the exhortation given is:  Fix your eyes upon Jesus…consider Him…” (Heb. 12:1,2).  While imprisoned, Paul wrote, “Rejoice always” (Phil. 4:4).  How contrary to the typical American attitude (Christian and non-Christian) of wanting it our way and griping when it doesn’t go our way!  Earlier in the book of Philippians, Paul wrote, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing” (2:14).  And you know—if we do that—we’ll prove ourselves to be God’s children and we will easily stand out in our complaining culture (2:15).  May God convict me—all of us—of times when we needlessly grumble and complain.  I think if I truly focused my attention upon Jesus Christ, if I genuinely contemplated more upon His nature and works, I would bless more than curse (curse defined as bum people out).  What do you think?

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