“It’s not happy people who are thankful.
It is thankful people who are happy.”
Have you noticed how easy it is to complain?
Without even giving much thought or effort, we can quickly rattle off complaints all day long.
The weather is too hot or too cold.
Gas prices are too high.
Customer service is too slow.
The grocery store is too crowded.
The check-out line is too long.
My children are too loud.
My boss is too demanding.
The garage is too junky.
My house is too messy.
It doesn’t make for an inspiring day!
When you spend all your time complaining, you use up a big amount of physical and emotional energy.
Maybe it’s time to make a decision to do life differently.
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord.
And to sing praises to Your name Most High.
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning
And Your faithfulness every night.”
– Psalm 92:1-2
Start and end your day with thanksgiving.
And go ahead and sprinkle some thanksgiving throughout the day too!
It really is a choice, a decision, that makes all the difference.
Maybe you can’t immediately solve all the problems in your world,
but you can certainly find something for which to be thankful.
And as you practice cultivating this habit, you will discover that it can become a lifestyle.
Rather than complain that no one ever cleans up the kitchen,
decide to wash and put away the dishes every night while thanking God for family and food.
Rather than complain that you never get done doing laundry,
decide to reduce the amount of clothes you have while thanking God for providing what you need.
Rather than complain about the slow service at a restaurant,
decide to prepare a meal at home while thanking God for the time to enjoy the simple pleasure of sitting around your table together.
Rather than complain about an unreasonable and demanding boss,
decide to courageously search for another job while thanking God for His guidance.
Rather than complain that you don’t have enough money to “do the holidays”,
decide that you can celebrate without all the stress while thanking God for family and friends.
Rather than complain about unpleasant obligations,
decide to thank God for providing enriching opportunities.
I welcome the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving every year in November.
But even more, I challenge myself to living a life of thanksgiving every day of the year.
How about you?
What will you decide to give thanks for today?
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