Let’s get right to the point. It’s our choice whether we complain or praise our way through our day.
Usually, when pressure is applied to the flesh, the mouth opens and complaining comes out. We talk about the problem. How bad it is. What are we going to do and why is this happening to me?
Can I get an AMEN?
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (I Thessalonians 5:18)
This does not say, “In all circumstances complain. Go ahead. It’s really bad. You deserve a good whine-fest.”
Nor does it say to give thanks FOR all circumstances.
Now I’m not going to give thanks FOR sickness or depression or lack.
But I can definitely give thanks while I’m going through it as long as I have my heart fixed on the promise and not the problem.
I thank God FOR healing while I’m going through sickness.
I thank God FOR His joy while I’m going through depression.
I thank Him FOR peace in the midst of the storm and provision when all I see is lack.
You get the picture.
It’s our choice whether we spend more time talking about the problem or the promise. Whether we think about the curse or thank Him for the cross. Whether we complain or praise.
And this I know for sure –
You cannot complain AND praise at the same time. You must choose one or the other.
Choose praise. Complaining will only drag you down, but praise will give you life and bring God’s presence and power on the scene.
Are you dragging yourself down without even knowing it?
Trust His promises. Not one of them can fail. He is faithful who promised. If He spoke it, He’ll perform it. And in that place of trust, praise will flow.