So Thanksgiving is nearing, and along with that comes family time. That’s great much of the time but it can also be stressful. If you remember Seinfeld’s “FESTIVUS” airing of grievances then you understand the paradox of complaining on a day called “Thanksgiving”.
1) To show one’s unhappiness or critical attitude.
2) To make complaining remarks or noises under one’s breath.
3) To murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly.
In the book of Exodus we see account after account of God’s miraculous move (parting the Red Sea, feeding them with manna, provision time and again; however- Moses, and particularly God, had to put up with the children of Israel’s horrid complaining:
-They grumbled because they didn’t have enough water.
-They grumbled because they didn’t like the wilderness.
-They grumbled because they thought Moses was a bad leader.
-They grumbled because they missed Egypt.
-They grumbled because they weren’t yet in the Promised Land.
-They grumbled because they thought God had let them down.
…A real “Festivus”
BUT we can be similar, often we complain and think we’ve been forsaken by God 5 minutes after seeing goodness from His hand.
What are you guilty of complaining about?
Read about the Day Laborers in Matthew chapter 20-
The owner of the Vineyard went out to hire workers:
at -9am, -Noon, -3pm, -5pm
When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first. ’The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius.
So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner…
But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
Jesus is trying to show us The Way of a Disciple; not of complaining but being thankful.
God is just, no one will be underpaid. God is generous, everyone will be surprised.
How to practice having a Thankful Heart-
1)Thank God for the Blessings You Have Already Experienced.
2)Don’t Judge Yourself by the Way God Treats Someone Else.
3) Practice Contentment and Thankfulness
What are you thankful for today?
Discipleship of Thankfulness in scripture:
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.
– Proverbs 15:16
As maturing disciples we must practice the spiritual discipline of contentment and thankfulness, and be that in the world around us.