I think on Thursdays I’ll post thankful stuff. How does that sound? Care to join me? It never hurts to remember to be thankful. It sure turns the heart around like nothing else.
I heard on the radio this morning that women tend to complain more than men, almost 3 times as much. Really?? One of my friends joked that information probably came from a man. Maybe it’s just because women are more verbal. I’d like to think that anyway! It was a good little wake-up call for me today, however. I want to spend the day without complaining – not once.
My parents were a lot of fun and I remember, particularly during meals, if one of us complained they said we could cook dinner from now on. When we heard that we’d say, as convincingly as possible, “Oh, what I meant to say is that this dinner is delicious – exactly how I like it! Thanks, Mom!”
I remember singing a little Bible verse song written by Steve Green with our girls when they were little, “Do everything without complaining. Do everything without arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure children of God.” They just loved it when I did that and it helped for about 15 minutes.
Everything? Without whining or complaining? That’s tough. Sometimes complaints just kind of come out without me realizing I’m complaining. It seems to be the opposite of thankfulness, so maybe that’s why God gave that guideline. Complaining is a way of saying “What you gave me is less than what I want or entirely NOT what I want.”
Thankful Thursday has begun. Maybe if I practice this no complaining, being thankful thing enough it will cross over to the other days, too.
What are you thankful for, right now, today?
Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Philippians 2:14-15 NLT