Thought for the Week
“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