I participated in a community service that did not go well at all.
I mean we painted a senior citizen home with a group. Well at the end after all our work the lady said, "I guess that will do, you are not a professional."
Ughhhhh! " Really, lady," I thought.
I got lost trying to find her home, it was early in the morning. I didn't have any gas. Everyone didn't show up on time. We ran out of paint and had to get more and wait. And wait. My arms got tired of painting her high hallway. I got paint in my hair and I didn't even get a lousy "thank you."
When people do things for you especially your friends and relatives, do you express your thanks? Do you expect people to just do things right and that is it? Are you silent with your thanks? Are you just a complainer? All the time?
Well I am always sadden when I meet Complaining Christians. Complaining is a negative exercise.
That opens the door for the Enemy to bring you the spirit of "sadness." Imagine how many things the Lord does for you everyday. From waking up every morning to not allowing your ceiling to fall in on you every night. Some times we get distracted with every day events that we forget to thank the Lord for all our blessings both small and big.
It is such a blessing to have your own home. Ask anyone living in their mothers basement with their husband and children. Ask anyone sleeping on a friend's sofa. Ask a homeless woman. Do you fuss and complain that you have to pay your mortgage every month (I'm not talking to those
of you who brought a home on purpose that was above your budget)? It is such a blessing to have a job so you can make a mortgage payment every month without any type of problem.
The Lord does so much for us everyday but some times we forget to thank him. Some of us are such "Negative Nellies" we complain so much every day that your own family is sick of being in your presence. Have you ever thought about how the Lord feels about all your complaining?
He hears your negative words and thoughts day after day. He bless you but yet you still complain.
Being thankful not only affects those around you. But it affects our health especially our attitude.
It is okay to say thank you to the Lord and those around you. The children of Israel were a bunch of "complainers" their 11 day journey took 40 years because they and their descendants were a bunch of complainers. They were just down right ungrateful people.
Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. Number 11:1
They were not grateful about anything. They got in trouble, begged the Lord for help. The Lord bailed them out then they decided to turn away from Him and faced hardship. Being thankful not only effects others it will change your attitude too.
I pray that you take the time to listen to the Lord as he teaches you about becoming more thankful.
Try it out. Tell everyone you meet today how grateful you are for them and their service. Thank the Lord for the inventors of all the products you use in a day.