I consider myself to be a thankful person. But, even in a heart of gratitude there is room for envy and coveting.
I always want more when I compare myself with the next door neighbor, friends or the woman who works out next to me at the gym. My insecurities tricks me into believing that having more will make me feel important so I begin to envy. I don’t get what we want so I begin to doubt God’s goodness and love for me. Soon, I become less and less thankful. And the complaining begins.
My kitchen is too small. I don’t like the outdated light fixtures in the bathrooms. I hate my cold and dirty tile floors. I wish we could replace the worn out doors leading onto our deck. I am annoyed by our thirteen-year old van which always seem to need repairs. Oh, how I wish my belly isn’t blubbery and my face not so chubby. Why can’t my husband finish the four plus home projects he has begun and left unfinished indefinitely? When oh when God, can we go on a nice vacation? Blah…blah…blah…
Complaining is a waste of effort and time. It makes me angry, brings on self-pity and causes me to be ungrateful for everything God has already given me. Instead of complaining I can choose to make thanksgiving a daily practice.
Each day I can thank God for everything I have and don’t have. I can also thank God for blessings others even when he is giving them the things I have been praying for or think I need and want.
- Takes the focus away from me and places it on God and others.
- Teaches me to be content with what I do have so I won’t compare, envy and covet.
- Helps me trust God to provide for my needs regardless of how he is blessing others.
- Prepares me to receive more blessings as God rewards my thankful attitude.
- Moves me to help the needy because God meets my needs.
- Gives me the pleasure of seeing people happy when I give rather than receive.