Am I a blesser or a complainer?

Posted: November 23, 2013 in What I've been thinking...

It truly is amazing how our souls are lifted when we count our blessings.  Dissatisfaction comes from dwelling on what we don’t have.  Contentment comes from recognizing what we do have.  I think if we can be objective, we would say there is a lot more that is right in our lives than there is wrong.  I’ve heard it said that thankful people are happier because they cherish the good things in their lives.

Yes, I do have frustrating challenges with things and people and my job but I also have people who love me and my job provides a warm house and a full belly.  Best of all, I have an awesome, personal God that’s always here for me and Christian brothers and sisters who always have my back in their prayers.  Would you like an example?  I probably would not have passed a very difficult security certification in Atlanta yesterday without those prayers.

Can people tell if we’re thankful?  Try this exercise.  Every night for a week, review everything you said that day.  What did your family, friends and co-workers hear come out of your mouth?  Positive, cheerful and grateful words or negative, complaining, and critical ones?  Instead of grumbling about not having enough money, we should appreciate the things we spent it on.

Sharon and I like to remind ourselves when one of our appliances or cars don’t work perfectly by saying “First World problem!”  

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  James 1:17

 
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