An ungrateful man would think there’s actually nothing to be thankful for. Whereas there are many blessings he can be grateful for even though he often forgets that for him to even think of this means his senses are at work which of course is something to be grateful for.
Ordinarily, one would have considered the realities on ground before reckoning that there’s really nothing to celebrate or be thankful for; and that’s common sense, at least it makes sense! The rationale behind an ungrateful act is first the obvious absence of the good things of life.
But come to think of it, there are so many physically fit men and women out there who are out of their senses: some are roaming the streets while others are chained down at psychiatric homes. Many of them are wealthy, and probably would have been more grateful if they were thinking straight like you.
You need to consider reasons why you should be grateful in spite of your present circumstance. Your ingratitude might stem from the obvious: your are broke; out of job; lost a loved one, or sick. Whatever the unfavorable condition you’re in, one reason not to be ungrateful is that you can even complain is that you can even complain about some predicaments. Therefore, one reason to be grateful for is the fact that you’re even thinking you don’t have a reason to.
Those who are dead would have loved be alive to manage even a worst situation than yours if they had the chance to live. They would have preferred to stay alive and go through the temporary difficulties because they know that when there’s life hope can survive it.
What are you thankful for? As long as there’s life, you should appreciate where you are and be content with who you are. And as you strive to achieve greater things in life, you should do so with thankfulness to God who makes all things beautiful in His time.
There is at least one reason to be grateful for each day. Look within, look around, consider and remember the blessings that surrounds you. You are definitely better than millions of people in this world. Yes, I may not understand what you are passing through. Of course I know it is not easy, and that is the reason you think you are justify to curse God for your ‘miserable’ life.
The life you consider not worth living is a delight of some people who do not even have a chance to read an article like this. At least you have a phone, laptop, and internet to surf the web. Some don’t even know what that is. Have you considered if you had to pay for the air you breathe even in your poverty. You have been out of job for the most part of this year, yet you have never for once received a bill for the air you breathe. Isn’t that a good reason to be grateful?
You had a great aspiration for this year, and now it is ending and yet you have no good result to show for all your efforts and hustles. Yea, right! I know it has been difficult to sustain your family, and you have a pilled up electricity bill, and the electricity company have even disconnected your power. What if God disconnected the air you breathe because you are unable to pay for it?
I know you are not happy, but you should be grateful that you survived the temptation to commit suicide, some couldn’t. You should be thankful that you survived the hardship because same consumed many people, and made others miserable! My friend, consider, count your many blessings and be grateful. I can go on and on to prove to you that you are very inconsiderate to think you don’t have reason to be grateful
Before his death, a father wrote his son a letter whose words impacted deeply upon the young son. He wrote, “God means us to delight in his world. It isn’t necessary to know botany or zoology or biology in order to enjoy the manifold life of nature. Just observe. And remember. And compare. And be always looking to God with thankfulness and worship for having placed you in such a delightful corner of the universe as the planet Earth.”*
Dear friend, thinkless about how bad it has been. Rather, sing into the wind song of gratitude. Even if it is out of tune, don’t care, just sing aloud in appreciation to your maker and sustainer. Count your many blessings and name them one by one, and you will see that God indeed has been faithful to you.
What are you grateful for? Make a list. There are probably many things you didn’t get done, and many things you have left to do before the year winds up. But, rather than whine, isn’t it appropriate to relax, and just thank God for the things, even the little things that you know He brought you through. Think, Thank and be grateful.
Like I noted in my article, CHORUS OF COMPLAINT: AN EVER-TRENDING TRACK, Stop the chorus of complains; sing: ‘For God has triumphed gloriously…”( Ex15:1). Create the change through Praise. Be optimistic, be the change! You’re winning! Yes, we are winning!
*Source: Reported in Philip Yancey, Soul Survivor (Hodder & Stoughton, 2001).