In life there’s always something to grumble about and always something to be grateful for. Always. If God miraculously doubled your wealth, halved your stress, or increased your success, there would still be something. If you could time travel back to your 16th birthday or fast-forward to your 96th, you would, without a doubt, find something. That means grumbling will always be a temptation and gratitude will always be an option. So how do you resist the former and choose the latter?
The apostle Paul knows: “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 4:15). Notice what caused Paul’s “thanksgiving to overflow”—grace. When God’s undeserved love reaches people, it transforms them into grateful people.
Grace is the “something” God’s people always have going for them. I know your back might hurt, your sister’s cancer might be back, or your family might not be as functional as the neighbors, but you do have grace. You have a God who loves you despite your sin. You have a Savior who died and rose so that you would always have something to thank God for—a better tomorrow.
When you’re facing another frustrating something, think about grace. You just might find yourself grateful to God.