Day 228: Choosing Praise (Psalm 105-106; Romans 15:1-21)

“Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe His word, but complained in their tents, and did not heed the voice of the Lord.” -Psalm 106:24-25

I’m a pessimist, which naturally comes with a dose of negativity. So, I can relate to the Israelites on the whole complaining thing. Because I’ve always done that really well. If it’s not my looks, then it’s my finances or studies. There was always something.

But then God began doing His work in my heart. He began pointing out all the good in my life. And there was a lot of it.

I may not have been first in my class in law school, but I had the opportunity to get a law degree – and do well grade-wise – even though generations of my family never had the chance to obtain a higher education. My body is healthy and whole. I have a roof over my head and food in my fridge. I have a job and a loving family. The list goes on and on.

None of these things are perfect and I can find plenty of things to complain about even in all those blessings. But, that’s the thing: it’s my choice. I can choose to praise Him or I can complain as I compare my lot in life to someone else’s (because let’s be real – complaining tends to take root when we start playing the comparison game).

Let’s choose praise, friends. Because we do have so much to praise our God for. Even when life tears us down and breaks us apart, He is still good.

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