Lately, I have fallen into a bad habit of complaining. When the smallest thing goes wrong, I ask God, “Why me?” I used to be an optimistic person. So I am not sure how this happened. Frankly, I don’t like it. And I know God doesn’t like it either. In the Old Testament we can see how God feels about complaining.
“Soon the people began to complain about their hardship, and the Lord heard everything they said. Then the Lord’s anger blazed against them, and He sent a fire to rage among them, and He destroyed some of the people in the outskirts of the camp.” – Numbers 11:1 NLT
YIKES! When I read these words, it filled me with remorse. It made me deeply regret my daily complaints. And I wanted to make a change..
So in order to help turn my attitude around, I started praising God for absolutely nothing. For example, when I was at work walking down the hall, I would think, “Praise the Lord. Hallelujah! Thank You, Jesus!” And this actually did help me to feel better on the inside.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.” – Psalm 107:1 NLT
Then things seemed to change on the outside as well. Suddenly it didn’t feel like so many things were going wrong. And I started to see all the things that were going right.
When we had to get a new fridge, I saw how everything magically lined up with the purchase and delivery. When we needed a new water pump, I was amazed that someone came and fixed it within hours. When our vacuum broke and we went to the store to exchange it, I couldn’t believe that we actually received money back because the vacuum was on sale that day.
As you can see, there were still a number of things that were “wrong.” In the past, I would’ve have been grumbling about the refrigerator, the water pump, and the vacuum. But now, I was focusing on the way God paved a smooth path in each case.
The truth is, there are always tons of things that God does for us. Every single day. But we often overlook the good things, and concentrate on the bad things. Just like the Israelites in the desert. They were delivered from slavery, but still chose to complain.
There are so many blessings that God bestows upon us each and every day. We just have to take the time to notice them.
And then when we do praise the Lord, and thank Him for His goodness, it’s like we have a new lease on life. Everyday tasks don’t seem as unbearable. We are happier and more upbeat. And this helps fuel our momentum, so we can do a better job at work, and shine brighter around our family. And ultimately we can do great things for His Kingdom.
Are you ready to see big changes in your life? Then praise the Lord in all circumstances. And be on the lookout for the blessings you see all throughout the day. This will transform your life.
“Be thankful in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT