Instead of complaining, maybe it is time to say thank you
Views | Lexi Beasley
Jesus healed 10 lepers but only one returned to give thanks.
The story is one that many of you have probably heard more than once. Maybe you saw it on a flannelgraph in Sunday School, or maybe you heard it in Bethel chapel. Or maybe this is the first time you will hear it. No matter your situation, my request is that you take a deeper look at the story of the 10 lepers from Luke 17:11-19.
Though this isn’t in the biblical text, after Jesus healed the 10, I picture him waiting expectantly for them to return and thank him. I picture the disciples pulling on Jesus, saying they are hungry, or maybe it is hot that day and they want shade. I picture Jesus saying something like, “Just wait, Peter, I want to be here when they come back to thank me.” And then he sees one of them in the distance running toward him. I see the Samaritan healed of this incurable disease at Jesus’ feet thanking him, maybe tears streaming down his face. And Jesus, looking into the distance, with misty eyes says, “Where are the other nine? Didn’t I heal them, too? Didn’t I give them hope when they had none? Where are the other nine?”
Bethel, are we the nine? Do we participate in the U.S. culture of entitlement? If we are honest with ourselves, a lot of us have lived charmed lives. We are rich compared to the world. I don’t wonder what my next meal is going to be. I don’t have to worry that my boyfriend is going to be shipped off to war. I don’t fall asleep at night, scared to wake up. God has blessed me with so much, but when do I turn around and thank him? Surely, not enough.
But how about the workers in the Dining Center? Instead of writing complaints on the feedback board, why not a thank you? Instead of complaining about Guys Night/Girls Night, why don’t we thank BSA for all of the activities they put on? Because believe it or not, it takes hard work and a lot of effort to plan those events for all of us to enjoy. Why not thank a teacher for investing in your life rather than complaining about how boring a lecture was?
Bethel, let’s be the one in 10. Let’s turn around and run back to Jesus, praising and thanking him for healing and blessing us. Let’s start a new culture, not one of entitlement, but rather one of gratefulness.
I think we can do better. I think we can be the one.