Complaint Versus Gratitude

Saturday, September 21, 2013
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Today was one of those rare days: the temperature was 33 degrees Celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit) with the humidity reaching as high as 45 percent. This is a little strange, as we are slowly approaching the season of fall.

It's too hot to do anything today, I found myself thinking, and found myself anticipating and being anxious about a time when cooler temperatures will come. But then, I will probably complain that it is too cold outside to go for a walk!

Human beings never seem to be satisfied. When we get older, we complain that we can't do as much as we used to. We get a lot more aches and pains, and it seems that that is all we ever talk about.

What happened to being thankful, giving thanks to our Creator for all that we do have and are still able to do? There always seems to be someone else who is far off worse than you and me.

I admire people who have it all together, even though they are blind, or have only half of a body, or are paralyzed from the neck down, and are moved to spread their motivational message of gratitude. What is it that keeps such a one going and expressing an attitude of gratitude?

Could it be that we have a choice: a choice to give thanks or to dwell on the negative?

Colossians 3:15 – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. (NASB)

Isaiah 46:4 – Even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you. (NASB)

Let us choose today to be thankful for all that we have and remember that God is ever with us in all things.

Prayer: Dearest Jesus, help us to look beyond our own circumstances, and grant us an attitude of gratitude. Help us to dwell on the positive things in our lives instead of the negative. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:


    Great devotional!

    Amen. Good thoughts.

    Thank you Rosemary.

    Well you hit the nail right on the head!! Thanks.

    I should read that prayer every day! Thank you for submitting it!

    Hello: Thank you so much for your words today – so suitable for ‘we’ aging folks. Blessings.

    Wonderful devotion this morning. Your words were written just for me I think. Thanks for this timely reminder! May God continue to bless you. Keep writing.

    Good day to you!
    Thank you for yet another excellent daily devotional. You and your writing are appreciated!

    Thank you for you beautiful reminder of GOD’S Grace and ever present love from one of those “old” people who when she falls is grateful she did not break a bone and continue on for another day by the Grace of GOD. (Texas)

    Dear Rosemary,
    Thank you for the devotional.
    I am with you in praying:
    Prayer: Dearest Jesus, help us to look beyond our own circumstances, and grant us an attitude of gratitude. Help us to dwell on the positive things in our lives instead of the negative. Amen.

    This is the answer to my question about what to say to my friend. You put it so well Rosemary, and I think this will make a difference in her life. I know it makes a difference in my own life when I list all the things I’m grateful for while I’m out walking. It fits the rhythm of my walking and I sometimes do it in a sing song way. Thanks for the gentle reminder.

    From one senior to another, you brightened my day! This passed week I have been struggling with a miserable cold and was starting to feel sorry for myself. Such a little complaint when one thinks of others suffering in this world. Yes, we have much to be thankful for. “Lord, thou hast given so much to me, I ask for one thing more, a grateful heart.”
    Blessings on your day today!

    Dear Rosemary,
    Thanks for the excellent reminder in today’s devotional!!
    As it pours today, I’m thanking the Lord that I don’t have to go out and do the garden work I thought I needed to do today!! God is so good and I often marvel at the way He looks after all the details of our lives. I think He’s planned for me to get rid of the mess on my desk instead!!
    Thanks again, Rosemary.

    Hi Rosemary,
    You sure hit the nail on the head when you wrote
    Let us choose today to be thankful for all that we have and remember that God is ever with us in all things’
    We went to do the prelims for my surgery and everything went off like a well-oiled machine. Up until a week ago the entire matter was hanging in the balance.
    I was reading only just this morning in 1 Peter 2:9.10 and the whole chapter as well for that matter, just how very privileged we as Christians are. Luckily me diaries have lots of space because I enter so much.

    Dear Rosemary,
    Thank you for your devotional today. It was very well said about being grateful for things.
    There is a Christian senior lady I know who is totally blind and she follows the Lord wholeheartedly. A couple years ago she got the call from the Lord to go to India to help out at the school for the blind. So she travelled by herself and was met in India by the teachers and welcomed by the students. This year she hopes to go again. What an incredible faith she has in the Lord – fully trusting.
    Everytime I catch myself thinking about what I can’t do because of my heart condition I think about this friend and realize there are things I can do if I follow the Lord whole-heartedly and let Him do the leading.

    Amen to giving thanks & being positive…in all things.
    What you allow is true. Today it is cool here in north central Texas. Our temps when in the low 90’s are considered cool. Last night I wanted to sit and enjoy looking at the stars that fill our Texas sky’s.
    I am often greeted in doctors offices with ‘how are you’ or ‘how are you today?’ My reply is always…’Optimistic!’ Followed by that I chose and have chosen for a long time to think optimistically.
    I am optimistic for I have my savior, JESUS Christ sent to save me and all who call on HIM to do so by my HEAVENLY FATHER who created all I see, hear, touch, smell & taste. My thoughts are mine but I have to consider the influences of all the stimuli that fills my day. One has to develop an antivirus type process to protect the operating system from satan hacking into and changing the programming.
    Rosemary, may FATHER rain down blessings of health, happiness with prosperity.

    Good Afternoon Rosemary:
    As always, a devotional making us aware of how blessed we, the children of the Father, are and how thankful we should be for the many blessings we have. It is easy to become discouraged and growl about the little things, forgetting our cups are more than half full and our blessings runneth over. You certainly give us much to think about.
    Have a good evening and take care.


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