Something I used to love about Ghana was the way my friends there were thankful for everything! At our church, we had 'testimony' time and most of the testimonies were, "I'm so thankful that I'm alive today"- wow- or...."I'm thankful I was able to eat today"..."I'm thankful I was not sick and was able to go to work today"...if we learn to be thankful for everything in life we will rarely find time to gripe and moan.
Have you tried to grumble and complain and still be thankful? It doesn't work. You either end up doing one or the other.
I Thessalonians 5:18 tells us "In everything gives thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you..."
I've always seen it- not as thanking God for the circumstance or situation- but thanking Him in the midst of the situation. Thanking Him for being there with me, through the situation. Thanking God for helping me make it through, if it is a difficult one. Thanking God for blessing me, if it is a wonderful situation. He becomes the focus, not the situation and circumstance I am facing.
This past Sunday we had Bob Mortimer speak for us. He has an amazing life story and is a great example of someone who is thankful in every circumstance. What a great reminder to me to be thankful for even the little things!