By Larnelle Sinegal
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name (Hebrews 13:15 NIV)
I was on Facebook the other day and noticed one of the comments that a friend of mine posted on his wall. The post was a challenge to readers to go seven whole days without thinking a negative thought. One of the requirements of the challenge was that once you thought something negative you had to start over.
Although, this challenge seemed quite complicated, the principle struck my heart. At the start of 2012, I took a look at myself and realized that I was a very negative person. I complained about my circumstances and situations every chance I could. This constant complaining and negativity not only made my perspective on life negative but it also ushered in frustration, anxiety, and doubt and began to hinder me from moving towards God’s purpose for my life.
It was at that moment I decided not to carry more negativity into 2012. Instead, anytime a negative thought came or something negative happened to me or around me, I chose to offer praise and thanks to God. When I got up in the morning for work tired, I would thank God for a job. When things seemed to be tight financially, I would praise God for His promise to supply all my needs. No matter what happened or what I had to deal with I would chose to praise instead of complain.
As this process continued, thanking God and blessing His name started to become my natural response to every situation good or bad. Complaining was once natural and easy to do now it became difficult and unnatural. The more I praised and worshipped, God’s peace and joy overtook my life. In fact, I’m experiencing growth in my faith and dependency on God like I’ve never experienced.
Praise allows you to turn your focus and attention away from problems and situations and place them on the goodness and awesomeness of God. Although some of my circumstances remained the same, my perspective and response to those circumstances have changed in a way that allows me to have a joyful expectation that all things are working for my good.
I challenge you today to make the effort to shift your attitude from complaining to praising. Make it a habit to thank God and praise Him every chance you get no matter what you face or what happens to you. I promise you that those seeds of praise will begin to open the door for you to experience God’s peace, joy, faithfulness, and love in ways like never before.
High Pursuit Writing Team