Have you ever had one of those days, where you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed? You started your day in a foul mood and just couldn’t seem to shake the bad attitude? I sure have! I can always tell when I start the day off to a wrong start when I am in a pattern of complaining. Each complaint takes my day towards a spiral downward in the wrong direction!
It isn’t until I have stopped to acknowledge God for all I am thankful for, that my perspective starts to change. He gently reminds me that He’s got it and I need not to worry how things are going to work out. I just need to trust in Him.
When I am in a pattern of complaining I am reminded of the Israelites wandering in the desert for all those years. The Israelite’s were concerned how they would be provided for. They turned to Moses, who was leading them through the desert, asking him for food and water. Each time they went to him with their requests, they were provided for by God, in more ways than they even realized. In all the times they were provided for, not one time did the Israelite’s give thanks to God to all He had given them. They were in an ugly pattern of complaining and ungratefulness.
Oh, how convicted I am when I read their story. How many times have I been in this pattern not stopping to thank God all I am thankful for? The conditions in the desert were not the most desirable, but the Israelites were always provided for. Yes, I am sure it was hot and even uncomfortable wandering around in that desert. But the Israelites never went hungry, their clothes never became torn or tattered, and they even had water to drink. They may not have liked their circumstances, but their circumstances became so much worse when they grumbled and complained, leaving them unsatisfied, wanting more.
God was trying to teach the Israelites that He is the provider and maker of all things. He is the source of anything we could ever need. God was showing them true happiness isn’t waiting for perfect circumstances to occur but learning to be happy with what you have right now.
There is Victory in Thankfulness!
It is hard to complain and be thankful at the same time. Thankfulness can turn struggles, troubles and tragedy into hope. Only God can turn our valleys of troubles into a door of Hope (Hosea 2:15).
There is always something to be thankful for no matter how desperate our circumstances. Focusing on what we’re THANKFUL for, turns our circumstances in an UPWARD direction back towards God. It helps us STAY FOCUSED on what He has provided for us. We may not always have the best of circumstances or even like them, but know God has it all worked out. He has the best plans ever!
Thankfulness could have not only helped change the Israelites situation but really helped changed their hearts as well. Focusing on what we don’t have will always leave us unhappy, dissatisfied and wanting more. Thankfulness turns what we have into enough, a meal into a feast and a stranger into a friend (quote Melody Beattie).
How has thankfulness helped change your perspective?
When I am thankful it turns my grumbling heart into a happy heart.
When I am thankful it turns my complaining into gratitude.
When I am thankful in my storms, God turns them into something beautiful.
Psalm 118:24 NKJV
“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Trust in God’s provision for you, be thankful for it, it will transform your circumstances and your heart!
Want to read more about Thankfulness? Read Psalm 100 and Psalm 145.
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