COMPLAIN OR CONTRIBUTE?
Read Philippians 2: 12-18
Let us . . . make every effort to do what leads
to peace and to mutual edification.
One Sunday morning after worship I overheard a brief
conversation between two parishioners. One of the men said,
“I didn’t get much out of
the service. Did you?” “Not
much,” the other replied. It
was disconcerting to hear,
though I have to admit that
I have made similar com-
plaints. Often we go to church wondering, What am I going to
get out of it? But do we ask ourselves, What can I put into it?
Perhaps our experience of church can be re-energized
if we complain less and spend that energy encouraging one
another. One Sunday a woman whose husband was hospi-
talized approached me as I was entering the sanctuary. She
told me excitedly that her husband had spoken to one of his
nurses about his faith in Jesus Christ. After he prayed with
her, she accepted Jesus as her Savior. She then shared her
experience with others. Her excitement was contagious.
My own spirit was lifted and I responded, “Praise the Lord!”
Her story showed me that we can contribute to the
community of faith in many ways. We can compliment
others for their service, volunteer when opportunities arise,
give generously, seek out and help to meet the needs of
others, and give assurance of our prayers.
Prayer: Dear God, forgive us for our self-centered attitudes.
Show us how we can encourage others. Amen.
Wayne Greenawalt (Illinois)
Prayer Focus: MY CONGREGATION
— Romans 14: 19 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
How could less complaining
and more caring change
my faith community?