Convicting Words from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Life Together:
If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian community in which we have been placed, even when there
are no great experiences, no noticeable riches, but much weakness, difficulty, and little faith—and if, on the
contrary, we only keep complaining to God that everything is so miserable and so insignificant and does not
at all live up to our expectations—then we hinder God from letting our community grow according to the
measure and riches that are there for us all in Jesus Christ. That also applies in a special way to the
complaints often heard from pastors and zealous parishioners about their congregations.
Note: whether pastor or zealous member, the key to helping the community grow is giving thanks for the community whether or not it tickles your fancy. Otherwise we hurting God's church.