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We Need Some Holy, Awe-inspiring Distractions

Stop it people!! Stop with your negativity! Stop the bickering, complaining, murmuring, backbiting, negative-thinking junk. Stop the stinkin’ thinkin’!!

I’ve come to a harsh realization. When a church or ministry organization falls into this pattern, not only is it one of the gravest offenses against the celebration of the glory of God, it’s also the direct result of our failure to focus on what really matters.

In short, we need to be distracted by some lives being changed. That’s as simple as I can put it. People complain about the music style, the building’s temperature, and how so-and-so didn’t shake my hand.

Maybe we need to get distracted by something good, something positive.

Maybe if we saw a life changed by the power of the gospel, we’d quit complaining, at least for a few minutes.

Maybe if we were driven to see more lives changed, we’d unite in our efforts and energies and stop worrying about personality differences.

Maybe if we realized the heart of God about people and how much their souls mean to Him, we’d stop thinking about ourselves, our preferences, and our comforts.

I don’t know about you, but I’m growing weary of the same scenery. I need to see some lives changed!

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  • http://revjamesfoutherjr.blogspot.com James Fouther

    Brandon, my brother! I love the post and will be praying and planning for some life changing, breakthroughs during this Advent season in your church and in mine! I always wonder about the lessons we get from all the complaints and negative comments! Thanks for your post today!
    .-= James Fouther´s last blog ..Leave Tiger Woods Alone! =-.

    • Brandon

      James, that's a pretty good point. Sometimes there are things we need to hear mixed in with the negative stuff. It's a matter of being discerning and having thick skin.

  • http://www.allthingsworkplace.com Steve Roesler

    Well said, Brandon.

    I don’t offer that lightly. I confess that when I find myself–and others–heading down a negative path, we’re doing it because our focus is on the “organization” and our related preferences and not on changing lives through, and in the image of, Jesus Christ.

    Off to a meeting with a convicted attitude. . .

    • Brandon

      Thanks so much, Steve! And I’m glad my post was well-timed (pre-meeting). :)