We live in a world that loves to point the finger, vilify and find someone to blame. Our media seems to like nothing better than to tell horror stories about this person or that (politician, benefits cheats or fallen heroes) – and of course, sometimes it is justifiable or understandable.
But for every rotten apple, there are so often so many delicious ones! And in every struggling organisation, there are many hard working, faithful people trying their best – the NHS being a prime example.
It is all too easy to be cynical and sceptical but I’m not sure that that helps anyone in the long run. The world doesn’t need any more grumpy old men and grumpy old women – it needs people who will see the good in others and the potential in struggling organisations and difficult issues.
The media can (sometimes without us realising it) impact on the way we view each other and thus pollute our attitudes in a way that turns relationships toxic.
In contrast to this, St Paul writes to his Christian friends: “whatever is true, whatever is lovely, whatever is noble, whatever is trustworthy, think about these things … And the God of peace will be with you.”
There is so much in the world to admire about individuals and organisations. Life is complicated, people do make mistakes but there is so much good that we should be noticing and celebrating all the time.
And what’s more, when we do, it changes US into the bargain and helps us to see that we too have a vital part to play in God’s world.