Scott has made a real transition as far as household stuff goes. Before God blessed his socks off and he got to marry me, he lived like, well, like a lot of bachelors. A couple of months with me and he became Mr. Organized and Mr. Clean Freak. (Not as bad as me, but still …)
One day a few years ago he opened the fridge and it was REALLY a chaotic mess. Containers everywhere, food practically spilling out and I heard him suck in a deep breath. I thought, “Uh, oh, he’s about to get really bent out of shape about that!” (He has absolutely no temper, but does get flustered easily. I’ve spoiled him.)
But in that deep breath, he took a moment, collected himself and said, “Wow, God, thank you for all this great food!” I don’t know what shifted in his spirit in that moment that made him change his response, but it changed mine too. And it changed our whole family from that point forward. Before we get flustered, we take a moment and say, “Wow, God, thanks for this.” Because to be honest, most of our “frustrations” stem from the minor inconveniences that come attached to our many, many blessings.
If you have a house to clean, be grateful! Wow! You have a home! A roof over your head! And no matter the size or level of fanciness, if it’s in the USA, it’s better than 95 percent of the other homes in the world.
Have to cook dinner when you’re tired? Good for you! You have food to cook for your family. Many families, even here in America, don’t. Be glad.
Kids driving you crazy? Hallelujah! They’re happy and healthy. So maybe they’re not perfect. Oh well. Neither are you.
Frustrated at your job? For Pete’s sake – be grateful that you have one. There are hundreds of people out there who would LOVE to have your job, and are PRAYING for the blessings of the very things you’re complaining about. So KNOCK IT OFF.
I’m not advocating that we all turn into Pollyannas, but there’s waaaaaaaay too much belly-aching going on. We’re blessed! Tell God today how grateful you are for all He has done for you.