Gratitude and Contentment
I came that you might live life abundantly. John 10:10
Think about it for a second. Have you ever met a thankful complainer, a grateful whiner, a contented materialist? These combinations are not possible. The key is developing that attitude of gratitude that leads you over the tar pits of discontentment.
Enter thank therapy: Thank you God for my car. Thank you for this coffee. Thank you for my wife. Thank you for my kids. Thank you for this bran muffin. Thank you, God, for a paycheck and for providing for my needs. Thank you for this day. Thank you for my church. Thank you for your Word. You get the picture. Try to be sincere, but on some days things will get desperate and you will find yourself thanking God for the Late Night Show, or the Endangered Species Act, or a good burp. If you persevere, after a week or so you will notice that your private whining and complaining outbursts are strangely absent.
During a time I was commuting to work I decided to test out thank therapy. As soon as I got into the car I started by flipping off news radio. Much of my willingness to try this admittedly cheesy sounding approach came from something close to home. I was struggling to be thankful in our finances because I had made cataclysmic changes in my budget to clear all open debt from my books. I was definitely chafing from the financial friction it was imposing on my personal freedom as a man. I could not do what I wanted, I was packing lunches to take to work, having more dinners in, clipping coupons for everything, and cutting out Starbucks. This, my friend, will bring the house down on the need within to complain. Thank Therapy will slowly transcend from discipline to a life of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control, because it is a life of trusting our Father God who loves us.
Thank you Father, you have all the answers to the life you have promised.