“How are you?”
That phrase is used many times per day in polite conversation. It’s a greeting that many say, without even thinking.
What are the appropriate responses?
“Fine”, “Well”, or…one a lot of people use, “Can’t Complain”.
This morning when I was at my favorite coffee shop (Bigby Coffee on Stadium Drive), I asked the Baristas that question, and one of them answered “Can’t complain…” then she continued, “Actually, I could…but they frown on that here!” We all chuckled, but it got me thinking…
Why do we complain?
What effect does it have?
Does it actually change anything for the better?
No! In fact, I think the truth is that it actually has the potential to make things worse!
Think about it: When you’re around people who complain, what is your reaction?
I would bet there are two: 1) We tend to complain also…and the ‘downward spiral of negativity’ picks up speed; or 2) We tend to view the complainers as more negative and pessimistic, and probably respect them a little bit less.
As we’ve been thinking about a lot together, Jesus said “You (His followers) are the light of the world…let your light so shine before men that they would see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven”. (Matthew 5:16)
So…are you ‘letting your light shine’, or are you adding darkness and negativity to your world?
Would anyone you work with, go to school with, hang out with or (as in this case) have coffee with, say that you are a ‘positive’ force in their world, or do you simply do what many others do–add negativity to it?
Think about it:
If we are (by His grace) followers of Jesus Christ, THE Light of the world, and If He has assured us by faith that we are forgiven, adopted into His family and assured that He walks with us and cares for us in this life, and leads us toward an eternity with Him…what do we have to complain about?
Now, does that mean there’s nothing that is negative in our lives?
Of course not.
Does it mean we should never address those things head-on and try to fix them?
Complaining, however, doesn’t help anything. It doesn’t change anything positively.
Rather, it adds to the negativity. The darkness.
Around here–Bigby Coffee on Stadium–the morning crew does a GREAT job!
They are positive, friendly, enthusiastic…they know people by name…they are a positive part of many people’s mornings (including mine).
Sara, Kendra, Elijah, Sherry and others are great!
YOU, as a Christ follower, have the opportunity t0 be different. You can ‘Shine the Light‘.
The world needs more light…and you (and I) who walk with Jesus have ‘THE’ Light within.
Let it shine!