God's Word tells us in Philippians 2:14-16 to "do everything without complaining or disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life..."
Do everything with out complaining? That seems almost impossible to do. However, in Matthew 19:26 Jesus informs us that "with God all things are possible." So apparently, it must not be impossible to do all things without complaining or arguing. God can help change our attitudes. But He's not going to just come along and do it automatically for us. We've got to be willing to change and trust Him to help us change our mindset.
It's good to take time each day to look for the good in your life even when things seem to not be going so great. I've always found that it's easier to not complain when I'm thankful and am thinking about all the blessings God has given me in this life.
So... I had this idea. Since the Thanksgiving season is going to be rolling around here soon, I decided I'd challenge myself starting today till the end of November to write down at least one thing each day to be thankful for. And then each Thursday of what's left of October and November, I'll come back here and share what I wrote down and what I found to be grateful for each day that past week.
Also, YOU are definitely more than welcome to join me in this endeavor as well if you'd like to! I'd very much like that if you did! :) You can come back and write down what things you thought of to be thankful for the past week in the comments each Thursday if you'd like, or you can just write them down in a notebook or somewhere else for yourself. And then when you're bored someday, you can go back and read them and remember how good this life is that God has given you!
Sound like a plan? I hope that made sense. (I feel like I made the explanation above kind of confusing.....maybe not...) So, whether you join me in this Autumny/Thanksgiving project or not, please don't forget to make room for thankfulness in your everyday life and take time to thank God for all the wonderful blessings He's given you!
So, let's get started, shall we? Here's one thing I've thought of that I can be thankful for today:
Having a family who cares for me.
Well, that wasn't too hard. Now -- it's your turn! What's one thing you can be thankful for today?
Have yourselves a wonderful rest of the week and see you next Thursday! :)