Every Day, You Make This Choice

Every day, you wake up and get out of bed and go about your day. And as you do, you make a choice — to be grateful or to complain.

"Every day of your life you will find reasons to complain and every day of your life you will have reasons to be thankful." — Paul Tripp

Christians should be the most grateful people on the planet. We have been forgiven greatly, set free from slavery, and are awaiting a future more glorious than anything we can imagine. We have a billion reasons to be thankful.

And God gave us every single one.

But too often we're not grateful. Instead, we complain — about the weather, the temperature, our food, our families, our house, our money.

The gifts God gives us become catalysts for complaint. He's provided for our needs, yet still, we can be atrociously thankless. 

So, every day we face this choice: tune our hearts to worship or bitterness. We can make things about God or about us. That's what it comes down to. We can choose selflessness or selfishness. Joy or discontentment.

Often we think that it's all about feelings. If we don't feel grateful, we can't be. But feelings are fluctuating, twisty things and can't always be trusted. Gratitude is a discipline. We need to choose thankfulness. Fight for it. Even if we don't feel like it.

So today, what will you choose? Gratitude or complaint.