At university a group of us used to regularly keep each other in check when we noticed a hint of negativity creeping into our our attitude. The way we did this was by asking the question..
Would you like some cheese with that?
“Cheese with what?” came the reply from those who were ignorant of our code. “Whine. Would you like some cheese with that whine?” All of us can become negative at the smallest of things and at times we are guilty of losing perspective on what really matters. The bible gives us medicine to take which will cure us from this unhealthy attitude.
This is not just a song or verse to sing on Sundays but every day and in every circumstance. This morning I got into really bad form because I’d asked someone to do something and they messed up, I didn’t fly off the handle or anything, I simply realised that I was in a bad mood because of what they’d done. The challenge of the verse above is to rejoice at all times and banish the negative attitude. When the person at the express checkout is fumbling with their purse, trying to find their credit card or when the car in front is driving slowly for no apparent reason. I need to discipline myself to say “this is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.’
Negativity is a sign of arrogance because we have to feel superior to someone to stay annoyed with them. Instead we should recognise that we all mess up. This will bring humility and an ability to show patience with others when things go wrong!
In my bible reading notes Don Carson said this
every generation of Christians has to learn that whining is an affront against God’s sovereignty and goodness.
If you catch me being negative, please feel free to ask if I would like some cheese with that..