I don't know what it is, but sometimes as people we are hard-wired to search out the negative in everything and exploit it.

Take a friend who has always been good to you for the last 5 years, then one day has a 'bad moment' and blows up in your face and says something she shouldn't. The tendency is not to remember all the good and highlight in your mind that failed moment... sometimes for years.

Why is that?

There's many examples of this - looking at the 1 bad things in the midst of 100 good things... but I think one of the best examples is with people and local churches. I've heard SO MANY people tell me that they left this church or that because they didn't like the __________________ ... or whatever it was.

  • the music was too loud
  • the music wasn't loud enough
  • the pastor is too young
  • the pastor is too old
  • the church is too big
  • the church is too small
  • no one said hi to me
  • people were overly-friendly
  • It just wasn't for me
  • I was too comfortable there - I need to be challenged more
  • the carpet was ugly and green
  • I want a church with a green carpet
  • they had pews
  • they didn't have pews they had chairs

You get the idea. The list goes on and on.

Some of the points above may be valid and some are just plain silly, and some of the ones you have in your mind are probably legit 'things that are wrong and need to be changed' - but here is my point.

If God calls you to a church, it won't take about 5 minutes for you to find something wrong - OR at least perceive is wrong. Take it a step further - you join the church - THEN you have a real problem - because the longer you are there the more things you will find wrong. 

You have a choice then...

Leave the church 


Change the church 

So I challenge you to 'grow where you have been planted'.

Instead of looking at what is wrong...

Look at what is right... and EXPLOIT THAT.

Look at what can be built.

And look at what you can do to help.

Otherwise, if God is CALLING you elsewhere - go there and do the above. But don't be discouraged because there are things that are wrong and need changing. Maybe it's why HE sent YOU in the first place.