Still in the spirit of thanksgiving for the year 2017, I'd be addressing a sensitive topic today.
I have an aunt who I once stayed with for a short time while in school. In all sincerity, she is all shades of nice and calm, and one will think I will very close to her. But one thing drew a clear boundary between us- her act of murmuring.
I liked her much and really, she never wronged me all through my stay. But I couldn't deal with her act of murmuring and complaining. She never sees anything good in even the obvious. For instance, I could compliment her dressing and rather than give a simple 'thank you', she would begin to lament over the economy of the country and how she was suffering and how things were bad. At times, she could even say, "is this one good?" with all sense of seriousness. This was her lifestyle.
Even though I could always go spend the weekend with her whenever I liked, I at times found myself not visiting a whole session and even for two consecutive sessions. I couldn't deal with it. I was just too uncomfortable around her. I found it absurd that someone could be like that- not see anything good in everything. I always heard such in stories and illustrations in church about such people before then, but thought they were mere exaggerations. But I found one in reality.
Now, think of it, if I drew a clear boundary between myself and my aunt because I couldn't stand her having to complain and murmur, how much more God? He cant stand it. Its iniquity to Him, and that's why nothing gets better with complaining , because God is not there anymore.
There is always a good in everything. I have personally trained myself to see the abundance of good in one seemingly bad, which makes thanksgiving much easy for me. Impossible right? Well, you're wrong. You can cultivate that habit too.
There are just so many things to be thankful for. If my aunt's character describes you, please, kindly make a turn today and offer the fruit of your lips to this good God. His word says, He is good to ALL (Psalm 145:9)- which includes you.