You should be grateful for that food, there are children across the world going hungry tonight”. It’s a phrase many of us have heard, and I’m sure one that many have said to their children. The idea of gratitude has almost become cliché, and perhaps a little pretentious. Maybe if my life was happier I would have something to be grateful for.
Yet God’s word says that we should “be thankful in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT). Is it possible that being thankful is something we can choose to do? Could it be that it’s not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy?
Now let’s be honest with ourselves, complaining is a bit of a British past time. Whether it’s about the weather, or the neighbour’s dog or ‘society today’, we just love to have a moan.
When we get together and share our complaints, we’ll often get others joining in with us. ‘I know, isn’t it awful’ they say, which makes us feel better about our moaning. So we spend our time noticing the problems in our day so we can have something to complain about later.
The problem is we spend so much time noticing the problems that we miss the good things in our lives. Then we wonder why our lives seem so glum.
Why not take some time this week to stop and notice the good things in your life? Maybe you do have something to be grateful for.