Check out Tiffany's lovely blog post on thankfulness, grumbling, and how our hearts deceive us into twisting blessings into curses. After reading it last night it got me thinking about complaining. Complaining is really living in a state of unthankfulness. It's easy to make a list of blessings once a week, and I'm going to keep doing so, but the true test of my thankful heart is how I live from day to day.
Philippians 2:14-16 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 as you hold out the word of life...
Colossians 3:1 5-16 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
~I'm thankful for my husband's new job. God, please don't let my heart be deceived into thinking it's a curse when he's working late.
~I'm thankful for my husband's mechanical ability. God, please don't let my heart be deceived into thinking it's a curse when he has to spend his evening outside fixing our vehicle instead of helping me with the kids.
~I'm thankful for my 3 beautiful children. God, please don't let my heart be deceived into thinking they are a curse when I have to pick up the same mess for the 15th time today.
~I'm thankful for my cozy little home. God, please don't let my heart be deceived into thinking it is a curse when I've got company coming and no matter if I've just mopped the old kitchen floor or not, it doesn't look clean.