"Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation"
--- Brian Tracy
We never truly appreciate where we are until we come in contact with people who would give up anything just to be in the place we complain about. We must know that our “hell” is sometimes people’s “heaven.” Often times we complain about not having enough money to live the kind of life we want to live. We complain about our relationships, family, business and even about ourselves. We complain about almost everything and forget the things we ought to be thanking God for.
While we complain about those things we don’t yet have, we must know that complaining only limits how much God can do in our lives. In short, complaining only keeps us stagnant, and robs us of our increase/blessings.
Allow me remind you of one the most inspiring stories in the bible (Mathew 6); “The feeding of the five thousand.” These people had followed Jesus because of the signs they had seen him perform by healing the sick. Having so much compassion on them, Jesus asked one of his disciples “where can we get bread to feed these people?” he had asked this question only to test him. The disciple immediately responded by saying “even 8 months wages can’t feed these people.” I guess the disciple was only being realistic about the situation but Jesus understood what I call”the law of multiplication.”
By the corner was a young boy who had five loaves of bread and two fish. Realistically, the provision wouldn’t have been enough to feed the multitude of people. Jesus realizing this took the bread and the fish and what did he do with the provision in his hands? He gave THANKS and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. The more the food was distributed to the people, the more it increased. Don’t forget, what wasn’t enough to feed the multitude of people went round and even had 12 basket full left. Jesus knew one thing that Philip didn’t know; he knew that complaining only results to stagnancy while praise/thankfulness brings increase.
Be thankful for the little things you have so that God can provide the bigger things. Sometimes, it can be difficult to thank God when things are rough but if you really desire a change, if you really desire increase, make it a habit to thank and praise God irrespective of your situation. Increase can only come from being thankful.