Showing posts from July, 2014

When We Complain Our Way Into Oblivion

Years ago I was preaching and used an old line that I'm sure many of you know.  "Would you like some cheese with that whine?"  A few days later a woman brought me a wedge of cheese and told me that she was a whiner.  That Sunday she discovered that the problem wasn't everyone else, but herself.  She wanted to quit whining and complaining. Complaining is second nature to all of us.  We can do it at the drop of a hat.  In fact, I think we can do it before the hat even hits the ground.  We complain when things don't go our way.  We'll complain even louder if we think that we know better than anyone else.  Now I have observed that there are different kinds of complainers. These people complain but they don't do anything about it.  They complain to complain.  What you will notice about them is this.  They will complain themselves out of progress, advancement and even joy.  But after they have complained themselves out of something, then they will complai

When Gossip Rules The Day

The need for information is so great in our culture today - we will get it any way we can.  The problem is, we don't check sources or credibility anymore.  Leaking information and spin doctoring is  at an all time high and no wonder.  We are more exposed than we have ever been.  With the internet, social media and security cameras watching your every move, you can't do anything without someone knowing about it.   When I was a kid, don't ask when, we got information two times a day.  The daily newspaper and the daily news broadcast.  Even then, questions you needed answers to were days late.  For example:  The Air Force decided to test one of it's new supersonic jets.  The sonic boom was heard for miles.  Everyone was talking about it.  It shook the windows, the dishes and everything else for that matter.  But what was it?  No one knew.  Then three days later an article came out in the newspaper explaining it all.  Was there panic in the streets for those three days?