I hate to hear people whine all the time! There I said it! When I have to be around people who complain about everything it drives me nuts! They think that if every little thing is not exactly as they would want it that life is not being fair to them. Trust me, I know these kinds of people. Sometimes I want to tell them to put a cork in it, (in a Christian way of course), smile… What happened to being grateful for even the little things?
We just assume we are due the very best in life, or at least that is the way it seems. We forget that we are a blessed people, over much of the world. We have it pretty darn good! We should not go around expecting the world to revolve around us and our needs. Why not forget self for a moment and go out and do something for someone else? Far too many people spend far too much time just looking at themselves and how life affects them. When we step out of our (self-shell) we are able to let go of those things which weigh us down.
If we need to know what the Bible says we can find many scriptures pertaining to helping others and what God thinks about it.
Hebrews 6:10 “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help him.”
Galatians 5:13 “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.”
1 Samuel 12:24 “But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.”
We as Christain’s need to remember daily all that the Lord has done for us. We need to keep an attitude of gratitude even in the little things; things we do not deserve but have been blessed with because of God’s great mercy toward us.
We should serve others and be grateful because of our love for the Lord, as an act of worship. Yes, I think being grateful is an act of worship. When we realize and completely understand that everything, down to our smallest blessing comes from God.
1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
When we live with a grateful spirit, fully understanding the great mercy that we receive daily, it should compel us to action toward others.
Pouring into their lives from the abundance of our own. When we do we have this promise.
Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
And this: 2 Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
Jesus came to serve and did it daily without complaint and I am positive he had a grateful heart and attitude about everything.
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to five his life as a ransom for many.”
Being grateful and thankful is something we are told in scripture to be. Lets read a few together and purpose to be both of these things so that we can go out and spread the love of Christ effectively in our daily lives.
1 Chronicles 16L34 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 ” Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
And lastly, Psalm 34:1 “I will extol the Lord at all times, his praise will always be on my lips.”
Walk in gratitude, look to Christ, serve others and not self, give to those in need and know that God is watching and one day He will reward you for all you do in His name.