Maybe you know people who are always complaining. They complain about the weather and their jobs. They are never happy with the food they eat, their jobs or their families. We do not enjoy being around people who complain all the time.
Thankfulness is the opposite of complaining. God doesn’t want us to complain. He wants us to be thankful for the blessings He gives us every day. Paul wrote a letter to Christians in the city of Ephesus. He told them to be very careful and to not be foolish. Paul also told them to encourage each other.
Then, in Ephesians 5:20, Paul reminded these Christians to give thanks. “Always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is easy to give thanks for good things that happen to us. But God wants us to also give thanks for things we don’t like or things that go wrong in our lives. When we have an attitude of thankfulness, God can take bad situations and make good things happen.
Be thankful today! When you have to wait in a long line at the grocery store today, don’t complain. Instead, thank God that you have money to buy groceries. If you are planning a picnic and it rains, don’t complain. Thank God for the blessing of rain!