Tuesday, November 18, 2014

10 Things I'm Sick Of...

It's time to get some things off my chest. Here's my list of 10 Things I'm sick of:

1. I'm sick of television adverts that tell me I need to grow my hair, lose some weight and brush my teeth. I can't remember ever watching an advert that told me to simply appreciate the looks I've been given.

2. I'm sick of facebook changing the alogorithm to my 'Newsfeed', so that I am only able to read what facebook believes I think I should be reading.

3. I'm sick of my bank thinking they can pass my mobile number on to any section of their bank that they believe might be able to sell me something.

4. I'm sick of  being told that, 'your call is important to us', though not important enough that you would employ enough people to answer my call.

5. I'm sick of people smoking in non-smoking areas.

6. I'm sick of people driving UTEs parking in 'Pram' Parks.

I must say, I love a good coffee. But let me continue my rant.

7. I'm sick of news reports that spend 6 minutes talking about the latest scandal in sport and barely give a mention to anything worthy of news, like: human trafficking, unemployment, the plight of asylum seekers, etc.

8. I'm sick of people telling other people off for being judgemental and sounding judgemental in the process. And yes, that was probably judgemental.

9. I'm sick of big conglomerates doing fundraising initiatives, that fundamentally are marketing campaigns to increase their brand loyalty while giving very little (proportionately) to the charity.

10. I'm sick of politicians being treated like animals, irrespective of their ideological persuasion.

I could go on. In fact, I really could. I'm not stopping here because I have run out of content. No way. I still have plenty to say. Though, what would it achieve? I mean, I guess I would allow a few concerns to get off my chest, but my frustration would probably still linger.

Here's the crux of what I want to say: I have to choose a different outlook. In fact, I do. I choose to lift my eyes to the Lord. I choose to rise above a bad attitude towards the inherent brokenness of our society. I choose to do what Paul once wrote:

'Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.' - Phil 4:8.

It's a choice though, and one I do not always make. The manipulation of big business is apparent to me, everyday. The wilful sinfulness of others is so noticeable (let alone my own failings). BUT, I must lift up my eyes and fix them on Jesus; the author and perfector of my faith. I must look to him. I must concentrate on what and who really matters.

I mean, in the end, that causes me to be a little less frustrated...


  1. Hey Peter, So with you on your thoughts my friend. It seems we live in a world that promotes so much negative (concealed in a package of positivity) that it becomes a huge distraction. There is so much to complain about and yet, we have so much to be thankful for. It is when we take our eyes off Jesus that the things of the world become quite overwhelming. Our significance is found in Christ alone. What the world thinks and promotes is quite irrelevant really. As a society I think we have become quite judgemental towards others. And your right the politicians cop it. Don't think I would want their job to be honest. Guess you can't please everyone. I feel your frustration and I am sure many of us echo your thoughts. Keep living it up for Jesus. Keep your eyes focused completely on him and live the a life of simplicity.

  2. Oh and whatever happened to the feel good story at the end of the news??


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