1 Thes. 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Colossians 3:15-17 says, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
I expect my 2 year old to understand these verses, but don’t apply them to myself. I have a beautiful house; I’m already looking for a new one. I have an awesome smart phone; I’m already drooling over the latest model. I have a great grocery budget every week that allows me to shop at better grocery stores; I complain that it’s not enough for me to be able to get the brands I want. I have a Kindle; why can’t I have the Kindle Fire!!?
I could continue that list all day, but for the sake of preserving my reputation I will stop 🙂
I wring my hands all day wondering when my next blessing from God will come, when God COMMANDS me to sit the blessings He already showers me with every day of my life!
I expect my sons to be okay with only one piece of candy instead of a whole bag, yet they watch me pout because my mop doesn’t automatically squirt out soapy water like my friend’s!
What an example to set for my children. The great news is that we serve an amazing God that loves and ACCEPTS His children despite our discontentment! He sent His Son to die so that we could be loved no matter how selfish we are! Not because we are good, but because GOD IS GOOD!
If you’ve never read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp I urge you to pick up a copy. It doesn’t deny that God wants to bless you, but it puts into perspective what being blessed is. It puts into perspective what grace is. It’s the lasting presence of God that should bring you joy! The amazing grace that we absolutely don’t deserve, but he pours on us everyday! I pray, for myself and everyone, that we can be thankful and content in a world full of sadness and “me, me, ME”. And I also pray that we can remember even when we aren’t thankful and content, it doesn’t change God’s never changing love for us!