“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” -Bible
Having a thankful heart is not a choice, it’s a requirement.
For too long, I adopted this “entitled” mindset instead of a thankful one. When things went well, I was not really thankful because I expected it to go well.
And when things went wrong, I definitely was not giving thanks to God. I was complaining and murmuring about it. Expressing and pouring out my negative thoughts and emotions — even when I knew to do better.
It became so bad that I found myself becoming critical in every area of my life and eventually others.
It was so easy for me to see the “bad” in everything; and if things seemed to being going too good, I’d convince myself that it was getting ready to turn upside down.
Pessimistic is what the dictionary calls it.
Adj: tending to see the worst aspect of things or believe the worst will happen.
I don’t know if that’s your story or if you’re dealing with a negative spirit — one full of complaints, picking apart every good thing, and not acknowledging the good in even the “bad” situations. But if you are, I want to challenge you to ask God for forgiveness. Ask him to show you the good in every situation and when you can’t see it, ask him to help you to be thankful for the simple things.
Sure, things may not be going well for you. Maybe, this is the worst season in your life and you just can’t see how it will work out.
I get it. Trust me. My life is far from perfect. And I’m only writing this, because this is an area where I STRUGGLE .
Lately, I have experienced too many unthankful moments. God had to convict me during my prayer time. Besides, how can I pray for everyone else’s issues when I have a beam in my own eyes.
Not only does complaining hinder God from moving on your behalf, but it also pushes people away.
I have yet, in all of my living, hear anyone say, “I just love being around complainers.”
Complaining reveals our lack of trust in the Almighty — who happens to be the creator of everything, the best provider, comforter, protector, and problem solver of ALL time.
It’s also disrespectful.
How is it that we believe and trust that our earthly parents, if they’re normal, will supply us with the necessities at any cost. YET, we have a tendency to get amnesia when it comes to our Creator and TRUE Father providing for us and those before us.
Whatever our scenario may be, God is more than capable of handling it — in His time.
As he fed the children in the wilderness with manna from heaven, he will feed and take care of you and I– LEST we continuously provoke Him with an ungrateful heart — as the children of Israel did.
They are our examples of what not to do.
See Numbers 14.
“And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? And how long will it be ere they believe me, for ALL the signs which I have showed among them?” – Numbers 14:11
Father, you are holy, righteous, perfect, and mighty in all of your ways. We are human, fallible, and nothing without you. Forgive us for our prideful hearts, our complaints, and lack of trust in you. Please create in us a clean heart and renew in us a right spirit. So, when were tempted to complain, we’re reminded of your words — to give thanks in everything. Lord, we pray that you will help us along this journey. May your will be done in Jesus’ name.