Many years ago a magazine related the story of a young man by the name of Ben who had a habit of grumbling. He complained about the weather, found fault with his family and friends, and allowed the smallest things to upset him.

Then one day he read this rhyme: “When you have truly thanked the Lord for every blessing sent, then you’ll have very little time to murmur or lament.” He realized that his spirit of discontent had made him overlook the gifts God was constantly showering on him.

Ben determined that with God’s help he would rid himself of this habit. So whenever he became irritated or began to complain, he would stop and thank God for the many good things he was enjoying. It worked! By centering his attention on praising rather than pouting, he found it much easier to avoid a grouchy mood.

As Christians, we have so much for which to praise the Lord. Thankfulness and an attitude of gratitude ought to be characteristic of every believer (Ps. 34:1; Eph. 5:20).

All of life takes on a different hue when we spend our time counting our blessings rather than airing our complaints. Let’s be grateful!