“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe…” – Philippians 2:14-15
I don’t know about you but one of my greatest struggles is that of negativity, especially at work. I mean it’s often a thankless job serving people who are often rude, nasty, and who would rather stare at their phones than acknowledge your existence. But while all of that may be true, my work days are filled with small blessings. My manager is great, my co-workers are tons of fun and willing to help each other with whatever they need (both at work and outside of work), and many of the customers are nice people who will have a good time with you if you pursue a conversation to connect with them. Even so, even with all of those positives, I still fail at having a good attitude and a thankful heart some of the time.
What’s the point of whining and complaining about something not being the way I would do it, or the way I would have it? The point is thankfulness. It’s about remembering that the only thing I deserve is hell, and that everything is a gift from my Father in Heaven. Beyond simply the blessings of not having a bad attitude, there is another blessing: we get to be examples of a different way to those around us who don’t know Jesus, and we get to encourage our brother and sisters who are struggling in the same way.
Pray today for a thankful heart, regardless of your circumstances. Ask for blessings AND for the grace to be content with whatever the day may bring. Listen for His voice as you go through your day, and be obedient to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in your heart.