Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews -

“The nights are fairly draw­ing in” some wit com­plained the other day.

Tech­ni­cally, he was right: once we pass mid­sum­mer the days get shorter and, in­deed, win­ter is com­ing.

To be even more de­press­ing, it is now only 160 shop­ping days un­til Christ­mas.

But then we can al­ways find some­thing to com­plain about we’ll moan about wet sum­mers, and then on the ex­cep­tional warm day gripe that it’s un­bear­ably hot.

Whether our job, our salary, our homes, our bod­ies, our fam­i­lies or in­deed our gov­ern­ment we so of­ten see only neg­a­tives.

The Bi­ble sug­gests a dif­fer­ent at­ti­tude.

St Paul wrote “be thank­ful. ...with grat­i­tude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spir­i­tual songs to God. And what­ever you do, in word or deed, do ev­ery­thing in the name of the Lord Je­sus, giv­ing thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colos­sians 3:1517) We are to be at peace, to “be thank­ful”, to “sing with grat­i­tude”.

Of course this does not mean we’re to ig­nore in­jus­tice – far from it, but it does mean we should prac­tice con­tent­ment.

The ten com­mand­ments say “You shall not covet”, which is part of an at­ti­tude of ap­pre­ci­at­ing what we have, rather than fo­cus­ing on what we have not.

We are to be grate­ful, for grat­i­tude will tend to make us both more con­tent in our­selves, and more gen­er­ous with oth­ers.

For Chris­tians, this is at the heart of our wor­ship.

Yes, I con­fess I can be that dour Scots Pres­by­te­rian, but I am called to be a joy­ful per­son – re­mem­ber­ing at all times God’s good­ness to me.

On that note, what­ever the weather, en­joy your sum­mer hol­i­day. Alis­tair May, Stonelaw Church

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