30 Days of Gratitude… Choosing Worship Over Worrying & Whining

Today is Nov 1 and this starts 30 Days of Gratitude. On blogs all over the Internet you will see daily postings about gratitude.  While I would love to commit to blogging daily I know that isn’t realistic for me. I will try to post some thoughts on gratitude at least once a week though.

I am currently reading “Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy” by Nancy Leigh Demoss. One quote in the first chapter of the book that that really convicted me is: “I have learned that in every circumstance that comes my way, I can choose to respond in one of two ways: I can whine or I can worship.  And I can’t worship without giving thanks. It just isn’t possible.”

Stop for a minute and let that sink in. When bad things happen, not only should we be grateful but we should worship God instead of worrying and whining?

When life hands us lemons, when unfair things happen, when we don’t get our way, what is our first reaction? For me, I am not proud to admit that more often than not my first reaction is to whine, worry, wonder and sometimes downright obsess over my circumstances.  Then after I have my mini panic attack, I will pray and start trying to see how God may be working through the situation.

Worshiping God doesn’t just happen during a church service or when you are listening to a sermon or singing a song. It doesn’t just happen when you are praying or doing your devotions.

Worshiping God means to devote yourself, your thoughts and your life to God and His will because He is worthy of it and  we are nothing without Him.  Per Webster’s Dictionary:  The word (worship) is derived from the Old English worthscipe, meaning worthiness or worth-ship — to give, at its simplest, worth to something.

To worship God in truth is to recognize Him for being who He is, and to recognize ourselves for what we are. – Brother Lawrence

Can you imagine the peace you will feel and how different your life will be when you focus on worshiping and being grateful instead of  worrying & whining?  What a difference that will make in lessening our stress, lowering depression and calming our fears.

This month I am going to work on choosing to worship God and being grateful first instead of worrying, whining and wondering.  What about you? Do you need to focus more on choosing worship and gratitude over whining and worrying? How have you learned to overcome worrying? Feel free to comment and share below so we can encourage each other!

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