CRANKY HUSBAND LEARNS AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE!
One of the chores I help my wife with around the house is doing the dishes. Some weekday mornings before taking our son to school, I have to help with this, especially when she asks me to.
But I must confess on most of such mornings I wonder why the sink is so filled with many plates, pots, pans and cutlery – you get the picture! Obviously form the previous night’s dinner. And I get very grumpy. And cranky! (Confession time!) Only I try to hide it from our three year old son. (Attitudes can be contagious and I don’t want him catching this.)
Until very recently, it hit me, whoam! I’m getting this all wrong! If the sink were to be empty, it would have meant we didn’t have anything to eat last night. So, I should rather be happy and thank God for these many dirty dishes. If nothing, it’s a sign of God’s beautiful provision.
I need to cultivate an attitude of gratitude here! Even over these dirty dishes. Paul, the Apostle said it this way, “IN everything give thanks…” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). May be not FOR everything but at least IN everything, we should give thanks.
We all need an attitude of gratitude. You see, your attitude is more important than the facts of your situation. IT’S NOT BECAUSE THINGS ARE BAD THAT YOU ARE SAD, IT’S BECAUSE YOU ARE SAD THAT THINGS ARE BAD!
I want to share a few suggestions in cultivating an attitude of gratitude:
1. In any situation, count your blessings; don’t say your blessings don’t count. Remember (or, rather, forget not) His benefits. (Psalm 103:1-5) Like the lyrics of the old chorus, Count your blessings/Name them one by one/And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
2. Look at what you have left, not what you have lost (Philippians 4:4, 8). If you have lost anything at all, God is the only reason you have not lost everything!
3. Don’t look at the bigness of your mountain. Rather look at the greatness of your God! Play down your problem and play up God’s power (Hebrews 11:24-27, 2 Corinthians 4:18).
4. Rejoice, not in your circumstances but in your God (Habakkuk 3:17-19; Philippians 3:1a). “The best thing to have in a bad situation is a good attitude.” (Dave Meyer)
5. Finally, reject a complaining, grumbling and murmuring attitude around you. Try praise, instead. That’s what Paul and Silas did (Acts 16:25-26). In their midnight hour – that’s your darkest moment – they prayed and sang praises. And the jail broke! Hallelujah! The Bible calls it a sacrifice of praise: “By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13:15)
YOU WILL SUCCEED!