John Ruskin (1819-1900) wrote, “In all things throughout the world, the man who looks for the crooked will see the crooked, and the man who looks for the straight will see the straight.”
It really is in the way we see things that we see them. It is a choice to see the negative and pessimistic or to see the positive and optimistic. It is also very certain that circumstances can quickly change our way of seeing things.
How very wearisome is the constant critic of the church, the political arena, education, youth, culture, etc. Seeing everything crooked can make one crazy. It is very unhealthy, even depressive to both the hearer and the speaker.
If we want to unceasingly speak of the negative and problems… we should also speak of possible solutions. Perhaps then we can see straight and think straight. Otherwise we are just blowing critical and nauseating hot air.
“But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” Jesus