I admit that I am way too much of a whiner. It’s not too hard to come up with a list of things to whine about. Every day has its new aches and pains, irritable people, tedious tasks and on and on. I’m sure you have your own list. It’s not something I’m proud of—I struggle with it every day and all too often I give in to the temptation. So I have been looking forward to a new book by Jeff Cavins: Praise God and Thank Him: Biblical Keys for a Joyful Life.
Cavins takes us directly to God’s word and gives us the antidote to that nagging negativity—gratitude and worship. He notes that famous biblical characters were free to offer their complaints to God, but they didn’t end there. They turned to praise for all of God’s past goodness, his power, his faithfulness and his steadfast love. Complaining then yields to gratitude for God’s continuous blessings. This recipe of praise and thanksgiving is still the secret to a life of joy, if only we would put it into practice.
One of the gems in this book is the ten tips for developing a thankful heart. You’ll have to read the book to get the other nine! But number ten speaks powerfully to me, so I will share it with you:
If you are suffering from anxiety or worry, begin developing a life of thanksgiving.
So simple, yet so profound. I find myself wondering what life would be like if I could train myself to turn to thanksgiving when my own selfish inclination is to whine and complain. By the grace of God I am going to give it a try. I’m ready for a new and joy-filled lease on life.