“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Would you rather spend a week or for that matter an evening with a constant complainer or someone who is thankful? Now then, the person that stared back at you from the mirror this morning, which was it “complainer or grateful”? If you saw griper extraordinaire think about this: I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say, “Let’s go see so and so _ I just love to hear them complain!”
When we think of someone other than good ole numero uno we realize that grumblers drain us of our energy, but a word of thanksgiving lifts us up. Now I realize that we live in a “woe is me” world but that doesn’t mean we have to spend all of our time griping about it. There is so much to be thankful for.
One of the ways I see that played out is in our prayer requests. We are Johnny on the spot with prayer requests when something is going on that we don’t like _ an illness, losing a job, an accident, things like those _ and I understand that _ but when asked to list things we are grateful for we’re like a mule looking at a new gate _ we have to think so hard our face wrinkles.
Try for at least a single day to be grateful for both blessings and trials (well not necessarily the actual trial but the result it brings) rather than griping about things and I am confident that by day’s end you will feel a whole lot better (or as Paul put it joyful) and as a bonus get a get a good night’s rest.