We all do it.
Some of us more than others.
What good does it do us? Really.
I have a hard time giving myself leniency when it comes to complaining – I can’t stand to do it – and yet I seem to somehow allow myself to do it all the time. Where is the sense in that? I realize that it’s unproductive and unhelpful, always, but it’s so easy.
Mmm. Easy. Is that what I always lean towards? No way. No, I don’t do that. Do I?
It’s a temptation and a trap for all of us. The grass is always greener.
How do we get out? How do we kill the lizard brain?
You’re probably alive, breathing, you can see (assuming you’re reading this), you have a computer or smartphone to read this on…would you like me to continue?
But many of us have tried doing that. We’ve tried to list out the things that are good about our lives and we’ve tried to start being thankful. Has it helped? Maybe a little, sometimes? Well, here’s the truth.
We can’t change ourselves and kill selfishness. We need help.
We actually need help from some outside source, something or someone that is stronger than us, greater than us, and who can step inside us and remove the whine in us and replace it with gratitude and peace.
Amazingly, Jesus prefers to work with people who realize this about themselves, who realize their tendency to complain and give in to the lizard brain of scarcity. He actually enjoys stepping into our lives, into us, and cleaning us up of the whine.
You know, the grass may be greener, but someone in Vermont probably thinks that, too.