A modern day Christian might say that “Faith is personal”. I read alone. Study alone. Pray alone. And now I can even attend church alone. In the book of Acts we see that the Church is deeply communal! While each person owned their faith, they owned it in community. Like an old-time potluck, they brought their gifts and food to share with each other. The result was gladness, generosity, and growth of the community.
It’s a lot easier to complain than to be grateful. Our ungratefulness often leads us to forget just how blessed we are. However, expressing gratitude might be the thing that can help bring optimism back in our lives.