If you haven’t noticed your Facebook feed is beginning to be filled with people doing a Thankfulness Challenge. Usually it is something along the lines of tell everyone on Facebook 3 things you are thankful for. I think it is a good challenge and I like how a lot of believers put they are thankful to God. Please check out the Thankfulness and Devotional Challenge Joanna has going on this month!
One thing I am beginning to learn is that having a thankful heart does not just mean voicing thanks towards God. It is actually being thankful in all areas- what we say, what we think, and what we do. Thankfulness and complaining can not be together. Complaining is defined as “expressing dissatisfaction or annoyance about a state of affairs or an event.” How can I be dissatisfied and thankful at the same time- I can’t. Thankfulness and jealously cannot be together. Thankfulness and laziness cannot be in the same spirit. Exodus 16:8 says, “And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”
- If I say I thankful for my husband, but then complain about something he does in my next breath. How am I showing thankfulness?
- If I say I thankful for the food in my house, but am complaining about it, then I am not showing thankfulness.
- If I say I am thankful for my home, but fail to clean it how am I being thankful?
- If I say I am thankful for the electronic toys I have been able to buy, but still grieve over the things I cannot afford I don’t think I am showing thankfulness.
I often see a quote on Facebook, “what if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for the previous day.” My new quote for me is- what if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you didn’t complain about the previous day. I think for sure I wouldn’t have my husband, my computer, my phone, food in my house, and many other things. I am not saying I am negative person, but I think overall we all complain more than we think.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1
My goal for this month is to go all day without complaining about the things I am saying I am thankful for. I like to start small (instead of saying no complaining at all). I remember as a teen going to Mexico on a missions trip. We were not allowed to complain. If we did, we have to put money in a jar. In Mexico it was hot, we stayed in a cheap Mexican hotel, and had to walk so far to meet people to talk about Jesus. We had a lot we could of complained about, sadly the jar wasn’t empty on the end of the trip, Hopefully, I can do a better job this time.