Okay, here’s a question: Do you complain – a lot? If you’re not sure, ask your spouse, your child or a co-worker. If you dare, ask your boss.
If you catch yourself complaining or being critical about one thing after another when your life isn’t going the way you planned, then you might be a chronic complainer. You probably figured out by now that a perpetually-cranky mood ruins our thoughts and speech. It negatively affects our days and our relationships.
Here’s a challenge: Test yourself. Evaluate every thought and word you speak for the next forty-eight hours. Jot down the phrases you use when you catch yourself in a less than grateful mode. Honestly evaluate the findings to determine if you are, indeed, a chronic complainer.
If you are, then challenge yourself to respond to disappointments and frustrations differently this Thanksgiving season. Determine to respond to life in a more positive way.
From this day on, let’s ask God to help us commit to behaving differently – no longer giving in to our childish behavior. Rather, let’s express thankfulness and appreciation. It won’t be easy – believe me, I know. Just ask my husband, Bert. On second thought, please don’t!
Although we struggle, God can do all things. He can even help us reflect His nature as we yield our entire personality to Him. Let’s spend time thanking the One Who has given us so much to enable us to become the people He intended – the people we really want to be.
Each day and throughout each day, “Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” (Psalm 95:2 ESV).
For instance, if you feel unappreciated at the office, instead of dwelling on those feelings, thank God for His purposes for you there. When you start whining about the time it takes to fix your hair, praise God for a full head of hair!
What do you think? Would those around you label you as a chronic complainer? Maybe it’s time to choose thankfulness. If you’re not a chronic complainer, I sincerely ask you to pray for those of us who are. Ask God, instead, to help us become chronically thankful.
Sheryl H. Boldt is the author of the blog, www.TodayCanBeDifferent.net. You can reach her at SherylHBoldt@gmail.com.