It’s easy to complain. It’s easy to yell and rave when life doesn’t go your way, but it takes real courage and strength to find the blessing in your situation, thank God for it, and pick yourself up and figure things out.
I was once a chronic complainer. I would scream, hiss, gnash my teeth, and come completely undone when a situation didn’t go my way. I spent months and months making myself physically and emotionally ill over the slightest hiccup in my plan. I was finger pointer, instead of owning my own….stuff… let’s go with stuff. #familyfriendly.
It was years before I learned what it truly meant to bless and release. See before I found Jesus it sounded like clever catch phrase that had no real meaning… not one that fit into my life. Now I can clearly see that bless and release means to accept a person even with their flawed thinking and move on. The sad thing is ladies and gentlemen, you can not change people and you definitely can not change the way they think or their conviction to their beliefs. It’s not you who can change hearts. Sorry Boo… You just don’t have the power. All you can do is look on the bright side.
So when the news alert comes across your TV, when the other shoe drops, when life does not go the way you planned. Take a step back, analyze your circumstances, and thank god for what you do have. Because ladies and gentlemen of the internet – it all belongs to him. God puts us in challenging situations so that we may rise about it. Try these 3 tips to learn how to be grateful even when you feel like complaining.
- Analyze the situation… Did you die? No? Ok so there is something to learn here. You have to learn to look at your life through’s heaven’s eyes. Pray about it, ask God what am I supposed to know, what I am supposed to learn from this, my heart is broken but I am determined to do your will. And listen. Meditate and listen. He’ll answer you.
2. Acknowledge that God has given you so much, even if it is not evident to others. Start listing the things you are grateful for. The blessings that have befallen your family and yourself. Did you have the money to pay that light bill -BLESSING! Can you feed your children tonight -BLESSING. Count them. You’ll be amazed how many blessings you can list. The magic really happens when you think you’re finished. Dig a little deeper and thank god for those too.
3. Worship. Fall on your knees and worship. God speaks to me loudest when I am in worship. Oh and honey for the love of all things holy do NOT wait until Sunday. While I am huge fan of corporate praise I have been knowing to shut myself in an empty closet at work and praise God for all he has given me, bumping up my Gospel Playlist and just honoring God. Instant mood changer.
So there you go when You feel like complaining learn to be grateful through reflection, prayer, and worship.
BONUS- Read your bible. Seriously – knock the dust off that baby, crack it open and read. I am a huge fan of Phillipians and John. The more you read you’ll find your own favorites. 🙂
I am kicking off a gratitude challenge, I invite you all to join me. See you later! 🙂