If You Don’t Show Up You Can’t Complain

How many times have we heard people complain after an election, or a meeting? The ones who complain the loudest are the ones who never show up. They haven’t done their homework; their research and they haven’t heard all sides. They are the ones who have an opinion about everything and yet have no facts about anything.
How many times have we found ourselves in the same position? We think we know things when we don’t know what we don’t know. The reason we don’t know is because we didn’t show up. For whatever reason we couldn’t be bothered, maybe other things got in the way.
The same can be said in our Spiritual life. If one doesn’t show up, one can’t complain. Well, one can, however, it makes one look foolish.
There is an old saying that one should never go into a battle unarmed. We are also told that in Scripture. And yet we do it everyday when we don’t show up and then complain. Without fail we wind up dying the death of a thousand cuts because others are more informed than we are.
Trying to make an informed opinion based on a few words is like trying to empty a boat with a hole in the hull, using a small teaspoon. It just doesn’t work. Remember, the next time you feel the need to complain, ask yourself this question, “Did I show up?”
Make it a habit to Show up!