Would you like some cheese with that?

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 the day that the LORD has made

let us rejoice and be glad in it.

cocking upThis 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..


Surprised by Scripture: Part 1

I’ll be totally honest – when I realised that my daily readings were going to be in Lamentations this week my instant reaction was not good. Actually I was dreading it. I’d never read this book before (but let’s face it the name kind of gives the plot away!) and it wasn’t long before I discovered some stuff that reaffirmed my preconceived view of this book. Speaking about God the author of Lamentations says..

“He is a bear lying in wait for me, a lion in hiding; he turned aside my steps and tore me to pieces he has made me desolate; he be
nt his bow and set me as a target for his arrow.”
Lamentations 3:10-12

Not the most inspiring section of Scripture I have ever read and we’re not likely to memorise it in our youth group or Sunday school but I guess we’ve got to appreciate the honesty of how this author feels or thinks about God. Ten verses later in this ‘lament’ I was struck by how this same author talks about God…

But this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness
“The LORD is my portion” says my soul

“therefore I will hope in him.”
The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.

This is worth committing to memory so that when you feel as though God is using you as target practise you can be confident of His steadfast love. I am glad to have been guided to Lamentations this week and really love the honesty of this prayer.

I don’t know if there’ll be a part 2 to this series but I hope that God continues to surprise me through His word.