Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. -Psalm 84:10
Sunday we started a new series entitled "One Day." Each week we will explore either a virtue or a vice, and then we will attempt for one full day during that following week to immerse ourselves in what we examined by either practicing the virtue or abstaining from a vice.
Forming good habits and breaking bad habits take time and effort.Changing our attitudes and actions is far more like changing courses in an ocean liner than a speedboat. For most of us, our way of seeing the world and interacting with others are a lifetime in the making. To be "Transformed by the renewing of our minds" as Paul discusses in Romans 12:1 requires God's continuous work in us, but also our continuous work on us, including some self-reflection.
By being thoughtful, reflective, and intentional for one day, we have a greater chance of noticing what fruit our lives are producing and what fruit our lives are lacking. Hopefully that one day is a step towards new habits, new actions, and new attitudes.
This week's challenge is one day without complaints. Constant complaining is toxic and contagious. It poisons relationships. It sours attitudes. It clouds outlooks. It erodes communication and closeness. It damages work environments. It kills churches. It often pushes us further from God and kills our witness to the community as God's light bearers.
There are things worth complaining about, sins and injustices worth speaking up about. Our problem is the "Boy who cried wolf" syndrome. We complain about so much small stuff that we forget how to discern the difference between big and small. A day without complaint is meant to help us pause, discern the difference, and replace rejoicing with complaining when appropriate.