In this message, Pastor Jacob talked about how complaining is the gateway to negativity but gratitude is the gateway to peace.

City Lights Church is a contemporary Christian church located in the northwestern part of Richmond, VA. City Lights Church is a part of the Vineyard USA network and an ARC family member.

TRANSCRIPT

Well, welcome to City Lights. My name is Jacob, and I’m on the team here and I don’t mean to jump right on your screen and complain, but don’t people who complain all the time drive you absolutely crazy? Like come on man. I mean we get it, we understand it, the world sucks right; it’s horrible and your washing machine? Yes it ate your socks, I get it. You can’t find them, you know. Now I need you to do something for me. In the comments below, I want you to write one thing that your spouse does all the time that drives you absolutely crazy. Wait, I’m joking. I’m joking. Don’t do that. Please don’t do that. Don’t do that right now. Okay, that was a joke, it’s a public messenger. Okay.

Now, I think we all would agree that complaining does not get us anywhere. We do not like complaining. Yet most of us, if not all of us, if we’re being honest, regularly complain; we always complain about things. So, if you are taking notes you can title part two of our Stay Positive series, the Cure for Complaining. The Cure for Complaining.

Now, during our time of current quarantine, you have probably started to learn a lot about the people that you have been quarantine with, right? You’re probably beginning to learn a lot about them. Now for Erin and me, we took Kingsley right out of daycare when all this stuff started to happen. So, we both work from home and we both watch Kingsley from home, obviously, and now that I’ve watched Kingsley throughout the day, you know, while trying to get work done, I have discovered that having a toddler is a lot like having a lazy, drunk best friend who has the munchies all day. That’s kind of what it’s like having having a toddler.

I mean Kingsley is living the good life. I mean she’s got it made right now. She has food made for her all day. She has snacks available to her. She plays with all of her toys all the time. And when it’s time to clean up, when it’s time to put things away, she says, “Ah, nap time, nap, I need a nap.” And guess what? She goes up and she takes a nap. And during her nap, I, her maid I guess, has to clean up the whole house – reorganize the whole house, and get it back going. But as soon as she wakes up from her nap it’s all over again. The same thing happens all over again.

Now we definitely appreciate our daycare workers now even more. But truthfully, we enjoy spending time with Kingsley. We enjoy the season that we get to be home together as a family but at first, when it first started to happen, it was easy to complain. It was easy to complain about not having enough time for work. It was easy to complain about how much cleaning you had to do throughout the day. It was easy to complain about, you know, not giving her enough attention and feeling bad about that. Even though a few months ago before all of this happened, Erin and I were were already in the process of changing our schedule so we could spend more time with Kingsley. You know? So it’s funny, so when we got what we wanted, we started to complain about it. And isn’t it so true when that comes to complaining? Isn’t it so true? You get what you want, but then you complain about what you got. It’s so easy to complain.

And don’t some people – it’s probably not you though. This probably isn’t you – some people just complain over the dumbest stuff possible. I mean, but it ain’t you, you don’t complain about anything that isn’t purposeful or meaningful or that you should not be complaining about; I’m sure you’re good. But some people, whoever they are, just complain about the dumbest stuff.

Now our first social event that we had as a church before we launched, we had it at Hardywood West Creek. And the way we were trying to get people to come out to our event to hear about the church was, especially because we’re at a brewery and we live in Richmond, which has a brewery at almost every corner, was to give people a free beer. If you come you get a free beer. Beer on us. So in my head, I’m like, people like beer. Jesus likes people. Jesus drank wine. Jesus probably would drink beer if he was walking around today. Hey, let’s start a church by getting to know people and offering free beer, no big deal. Now we had this one family from a local church in the area that just spammed and commented all over our online marketing about this drink party church event as they would categorize it.

You would think like the way they spammed and commented all over our online marketing, you would think that we were sacrificing snakes to Satan or something like that. I don’t know what they thought was going on. But anyways, they were so offended that we would give away beer and said that we weren’t a real church, which I don’t even really know what that means. So in my head, I’m like, well, they don’t like what we’re doing. I can make this easy for them. And I’ll just block them from all the City Lights social media stuff; they don’t have to see what we’re doing. But once I did that, you thought that would be a proper solution to the problem? Nope. Once I did that, they use their teenage daughter’s account to jump back on Facebook and complain even more about a church, at that point, that didn’t even exist yet.

So the guy who was kind of the spearhead of all this, he left me a message, a direct message saying, meet me at Starbucks on Hull street at 6pm. You better have your doctrine ready. I was like, Whoa, bud. Are you trying to fight me or something about I don’t know what? I don’t even know where Hull Street is. I’m new to the area, like what is going on with this guy. He was like ready to fight me. So I looked them up. I wanted to see who this guy was like what he was all about, because he must be some like, holy man, if he’s so offended.

I go on his Facebook profile and guess what he has; guess what? It’s literally his second profile picture. Him drinking a Bud Light with his motorcycle friends. And I’m telling you this man, judgmental, hypocritical Christians, man, I can’t hang out with people like that, man. I’d rather hang out with someone who don’t know anything about Jesus then hang out with people like that. But anyways, when it first happened, it bothered me so much like I was bothered, I couldn’t sleep. I was so bothered. Now if that would happen, you know, I probably wouldn’t really care as much. But I do gotta say this: For the record, we offered beer to people because Jesus wants to reach people who don’t normally come to church. And that’s why we did it. So we do plan on doing other events like that in the future, just to let you know. But anyways, these people just wanted to complain about a church event that had nothing to do with them. Just to complain for complaining’s sake.

See, people love to complain. It’s like a part of us. It’s like in us. See, we complain about everything. If we’re being honest. I complain about everything. Like it’s like this. When it’s cold outside, we complain and say, “oh, man, it’s so cold. I can’t wait for summer to come.” Then when it’s hot outside, we complain and say, “oh man, it’s so hot outside. I can’t wait for the fall.” Then when fall comes, “I can’t believe all the leaves fell in my yard.” Like we complain about everything. With the pandemic going on, “I can’t believe we have to wear a mask,” and other people are saying, “I can’t believe they’re going to the store without wearing a mask.” You know, the people who are complaining about being at home are the same people who are complaining about how much time they spent at work and how much they wish they were at home. I mean, we can’t win. We complain about so much. We complain so much to the fact that we’ll complain about someone else’s kid or someone else’s spouse for the person that has a problem with their kid or their spouse, and we got nothing to do with it. But we just complain about it because we just need something to complain about.

We even watch reality shows about people’s lives. We complain about their fake reality lives. I mean, it’s a problem. It’s a pandemic; there’s a pandemic going on right here. The biggest pandemic that we got going on right now is the complaining pandemic. And we, as Jesus followers, we as Jesus followers need to flatten the curve on complaining. We need to flatten it. And I have good news for you today. I have good news. We can flatten the curve, of complaining with a thing called gratitude. This thing called gratitude, we can flatten the curve, which leads me to my starting point. My starting point today is this: Complaining is the gateway to negativity. Complaining is the gateway to negativity.

If you want to stay positive, don’t complain. Because complaining is the gateway to negativity.

Last week, I asked you to pause and think about what you think about, and I think oftentimes, we are constantly complaining about people or things, even in our thought lives and it will lead to the gateway of negativity. Like the Proverb writers says, “as a man thinks in his heart, he becomes.” But I have good news for you. My destination point today is this: Gratitude is the gateway to peace. Gratitude is the gateway to peace and we must step through it, we must step through it.

Proverbs 15:13 says this, “a glad heart makes a cheerful face.” Now that sounds good right there. I like that. “A glad heart makes a cheerful face.” You don’t need surgery or fake lips to look better. You just need to smile a little bit more. You need to smile a little bit more. Interestingly, there’s this article from positivepsychology.com that tells us the benefits of gratitude. So, this sounds pretty good to me. They say this: gratitude releases toxic emotions. Like, that’s nice. Gratitude reduces pain. I like that. Gratitude improves sleep quality; I definitely need that. Gratitude aids to relieve stress. And then the last one: gratitude reduces anxiety and depression. These are good things. You know, here’s the best part about it. The best part about this, there’s no side effects to gratitude. It’s not like the long list of side effects you hear on the commercials. Gratitude does not have any side effects to it. It’s not like, you’re going to be like, “Hey, hey, guys, hold on, real fast. I’m trying this new gratitude thing, and it’s causing me some stomach issues. So, um, go ahead, go on without me because I got the gratitude thing I’m doing and it’s causing me some irritable bowel syndrome”

Okay, it ain’t like that. That’s not happening with gratitude. Gratitude is risk free.

See, I want you to do something for me in the chat below. Name a thing that you need to have more gratitude towards. Name a thing that you need to have more gratitude towards. Maybe it’s your family. You know, maybe it’s your spouse, you know, maybe it’s, I don’t know, something, you name something that you need to have more gratitude towards.

Now I am going to say this, though. Here at City Lights, we want you to bring your whole self to church, we encourage you to bring your whole self to God. So I’m not saying pretend like everything is fine. “Oh, it’s fine.” “It’s all good.” You know, “it’s fine” like that meme with the dog that’s sitting in the kitchen, but the house is on fire. I don’t want you to do that.

Gratitude, much like optimism, is not blind faith or the denial of reality. But it is a state of mind. It’s a state of mind. It’s renewing my thoughts. So I don’t want you to be like, “man, my dog Skippy, Skippy, man, my dog Skippy got mowed down last week. Hey, but I’m thankful. I got gratitude.” You know, that’s not gratitude. That’s just weird. Don’t do that. However, I will say this, gratitude must be an intentional daily pursuit. Gratitude must be an intentional daily pursuit. Gratitude will not just happen in your life. Gratitude will not just pop up. It’s something that you must be intentional about every single day. And that goes for how you show gratitude towards your spouse. Don’t assume they love you if you haven’t told them that or haven’t done something nice for them. Gratitude towards your kids. Be intentional about praising good habits or good things they’re doing. Gratitude with your finances. Be intentional about giving to the Lord or paying off debt, it’s a constant daily choice.

Now, for me, my wife Erin. She is a constant inspiration to me with her pursuit of gratitude, she’s a constant inspiration to me. So before her dad passed away only two years ago, she bought him a book when he got sick. It was filled with questions that you could ask your dad to get to know him better. And so she did this with him during that whole time that he was sick. And now that he’s passed away, she’s so thankful that she has this book that’s filled with all these different responses that he has. And it kind of shows a picture of his life. And that inspired her so much and she was so thankful for that that she actually has a daily gratitude book for Kingsley. So almost every night, we’re not perfect, but almost every night, we say one or two things that Kingsley did in that day that we were thankful for, and that you know, a good memory that we can share. And what it does for me though, it makes me be very intentional throughout the day to look for the things that Kingsley does that I’m thankful for today, you know, something new that she did that made my heart glad. See, gratitude must be an intentional daily pursuit.

Let’s see what the Bible has to say about this. In Philippians chapter four, the apostle Paul, he actually writes about gratitude. And now the crazy part about Paul writing about gratitude in this letter that he penned is that he’s writing about gratitude in a place that’s kind of hard to have gratitude in. Paul is writing in prison. He’s writing in prison. He’s locked up, he’s quarantined. He can’t go anywhere. It sounds kind of familiar. He’s not sure what the future holds for him. You know, at this point where he’s at in this Roman prison, he’s assuming execution is his next step and he’s being persecuted just teaching the gospel. He’s not even a rebel. He’s just teaching the gospel, preaching the gospel.

Yet in the middle of all of that he writes to the church of Philippi, which he planted, and he says this to them: Philippians 4, starting in verse 4 says this, “Rejoice in the Lord, always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Now you know something is important when you have to say it twice. You know, he says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Well, I want you to see this. The Greek word for rejoice, is the word charo, which means to be glad. So he says, be glad. Rejoice. That makes sense. But there’s actually a deeper and a beautiful truth to this word, too. See the root word for charo comes directly from the word charis, which means grace and grace is God’s unmerited favor. In other words it’s God’s generous love that he gives to us that we do not deserve. See, I want you to get this. Paul’s rejoicing is not connected to his circumstances. His rejoicing is not connected to his circumstance. I need you to get this because don’t believe you just have to be happy and go lucky when things aren’t going that great when your circumstance is hard, when your circumstance is trying, when it’s difficult. See his rejoicing is not connected to his circumstance, because if it was, he might be crazy. He might literally be crazy. He’s in a Roman prison. That’s not a good place to be. You know, I don’t think he’s sitting there in his Roman prison thinking, “Oh, I’m thankful for the rats. I’m thankful for Master Splinter here.” You know, “I’m thankful for the rats now!” I don’t think he’s saying, “Oh, I’m thankful. I haven’t eaten in days,” you know, “I’m thankful for the cold floor that I got to sleep on.”

That’s not what’s going on in this story. Again, gratitude is not the denial of reality. But this is what it is. Gratitude helps you think about what God has done, and what God will do, even when things aren’t how you wish. See, gratitude will make you pause and think about what you are thinking about. So in the middle of a struggle, in the middle of pain, in the middle of a place that you do not want to be, you’re not where you thought you would be, but this is what it does. I do know that God was faithful once towards me. God got me through that last thing. God brought me through that last trial. God brought me through that last pain. God was there for me when I didn’t think no one was gonna be there for me that last time and since he was there for me that last time, I’m gonna think about those things. I’m gonna think about his grace that gives me the life, His grace that makes me move on; his grace that empowers me. And I know He’s faithful to do it again. I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I’m not where I could be, and God is gonna bring me where I need to be. And he says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I say it again to you rejoice. Let your gentleness be evident to all,” check out this last part, “the Lord is near.”

“The Lord is near.” And then he says, “God is near.” So my rejoicing is not some blind faith. My rejoicing is not necessarily connected to my circumstance. But my rejoicing is connected to the fact that I have grace in my life, and God is near me, even when things aren’t going the way I want it to go. That God is close to me when my heart is broken, when I feel defeated when I feel weak, when I feel like I can’t make it. God is near me.

So I’m going to rejoice.

Paul is saying, He’s not gone, even though things around him may look gone, things around him may feel gone; things around him may not be the way he wants, he is not gone in the middle of a prison, in the middle of a quarantine. God is not done yet. God is close. And I want you to hear this. I want you to lean in. I want you to hear this. God is near you. God is near your family. God is near that thing that you feel troubled about. God is near. Rejoice because God is near.

And because God is near we can do the next part that Paul says. Starting in verse 6. It says, “Do not be anxious about anything.” Do not be anxious about anything. Now a little bit more Greek. The Greek word here for anxious is fascinating. Because I think it’s a good word picture of how we feel when we have anxiety in our lives. So the Greek word anxious means to be troubled with cares; to be pulled apart from the whole. So here’s the whole, we’re being pulled apart to be in pieces.

That sounds like anxiety to me.

That sounds like some of the fears I struggle with. That sounds like those insecurities that happen in my life. I feel like I’m being pulled apart. I think we are constantly pulled apart by the worry that maybe you have for your job. Is my job permanent? What will happen after this thing is over? Maybe some of you, you lost your job. You’re being pulled apart right now. Maybe it’s your health. Maybe you are fearful about what’s going to happen if I go into a public place, and rightfully so. Maybe it’s the future and you’re feeling pulled in many directions. And Paul continues, “but in every situation,” but in every situation. Everything. In all things. Remember Romans 8:28? “All things work for the good for those who love the Lord.” And again, that verse is not some weird fairy dust type verse that you put on when you make a mistake or when someone’s in deep pain. No, what that verse is saying is God is all involved in my life. And if God is all involved in my life, in every situation, “by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God,” he’s saying, since God is all involved in your life, with every situation come to God with prayer, and present your requests to God. God is all involved, guess what? I need to talk to God. Since God is all involved in my life, I need to talk to God about my fears. Since God is all involved in my life. I need to talk to him about what my life is going to look like after this. Since God is all involved, I need to talk to him about my doubts and my concerns.

And Paul – it’s so good – he gives us a way to talk to God. He says talk to God with thanksgiving. He says talk to God with thanksgiving. See the word thanksgiving again in the Greek is eucharistia. Notice the root word in the middle. I want you to get this. Notice that middle word is the word charis.

Again, we see God’s grace and God’s grace is in the middle of our thanksgiving. So when we don’t feel like we can we know what to be thankful for, we have God’s grace, and that will get us to where we need to be. Paul is telling us we rejoice because of God’s grace in our lives. When we talk to him we talk to God with not only that His Grace has saved me, and His grace is for me, and His grace is in the middle of my circumstance. I want you to get this. In God’s grace, we find the ability to rejoice in every circumstance. It’s in God’s grace, we find the ability to rejoice in every circumstance. Paul continues in verse seven, he says this, “and the peace of God” – come on. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” and gratitude is the gateway to peace. Peace, man, doesn’t that sound good? It sounds real good.

Here’s my last my last thing a Greek for us today. Peace means the exact opposite in the Greek from anxiety, from being anxious. Instead of many directions, it means to be joined and tied together to be made whole.

So what is peace? Peace is God’s gift of wholeness. Peace is God’s gift the wholeness for you, and he has this for you.

So I actually have an illustration today. An illustration that I wanted to show you guys. So here you go, I’ve got this tray. I’ve got this tray and what can happen with anxiety is like this, remember anxiety is feeling like you’re going in many different directions. There’s many different pieces, but anxiety can kind of feel like it’s like this. I’ve got this ball and here’s my financial luggage, it’s wobbling, I got my financial stress. I got my anger problems, you know, I got my feeling like no one’s nobody cares. No one’s there for me. I feel lonely. I feel afraid. You know, how am I how am I gonna get back to work or in my work routine? You know, how are my kids gonna do now they haven’t been in school? How my kids going to survive me being their homeschool teacher? How is my dating life gonna pick back up after all of this, you know, you got all these things and how many of you this makes you feel anxious right now like me carrying this tray? And when anxiety kind of does is this. When you get hit, when you get bumped, you’re already carrying all this stuff, you’re already worried about all these things. And then when something new comes, when a new anxiety comes, when a new anger comes in, a new frustration comes, you get hit. And you can’t hold on to it. And now you are in many different pieces, and you’re all over the place and you explode. Isn’t that what anxiety can feel like? Doesn’t having anxiety feel like you’re just everywhere when something hits you? And then you start to complain. Like “oh, it was this person that did this to me. Oh, if only I had that. Oh God’s not for me. Oh,” and then you start dropping f bombs, “f this and f that” and all this stuff. You know, you just get angry and the truth is your complaining is just coming from a place of the pieces that are all over the place that you wish were whole.

See peace though, is more like this. Peace is like one big beach ball. Come on man. Who wants to go to the beach right now? Peace is more like one big ball. So here’s the thing I want you to get about life: life comes at us hard, and life is challenging. And sometimes we’re walking around carrying a whole bunch of different things. You could be, if you have peace in your life, you can be carrying this peace and the same thing can hit you; the same anxiety, the same fear, the same worry, the same thing that hit you when you were carrying things. But this time when it hits you, peace gives you a better grip on your life. Peace gives you a better grip on your situation. Peace gives you a better grip on the reality that God is for you even when things are difficult. So if you’re walking and you get hit, guess what? I’m going to hold on to my beach ball. Come on somebody. Then I’m gonna pretend like I’m at the Bahamas right now, too. Come on. So that’s what I’m telling you guys as well. I want to tell you guys, peace is something that you can grip onto and hold onto. Anxiety is in a whole bunch of different places, but peace I can hold on to it. And remember, gratitude is the gateway to peace. So if you find yourself complaining a lot, it’s probably because you are not taking Jesus up on the offer that he has made available to you. And what offer is that?

That’s the exchange of workloads. See, Jesus tells us this in Matthew 11. Jesus said to them, “Come to me, all who are weary and who carry heavy burdens,” who carry too many anxieties, who carry too many things on one tray. “And I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart and in You will find rest.” Or you can say this, “you’ll find peace for your souls.” You’ll find wholeness, “For my yoke is easy to bear and the burden I give you is light.” How do you get that peace? How you get that peace is actually found in one of those cheesy, dreadful, Christian bumper stickers. You know what I’m talking about, you see those things and you just feel embarrassed that you are a Christian at that moment. But this one has some truth to it, it actually has a lot of truth. You may have seen them, I’m sure you have. It goes like this, it’s actually gonna pop up right here, right there somewhere around me.

No Jesus, no peace.

But you add that k and that w to it. Know Jesus, know peace. See, cheesy? Yes. True? Very much so. Peace is found in Jesus. The Bible even says that Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

So how do I get peace? It takes us back to gratitude. Understanding you got something that you didn’t deserve in his grace and living from a place of grace, which means you live from a place of gratitude, like Jesus says, “out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” So if you are constantly complaining, if you’re constantly negative, if you’re constantly putting things down, that is an overflow of what’s going on in your heart. Don’t be deceived. Don’t say “I’m just real. I’m keeping it real.” We all know what happens when keeping it real goes wrong. Out of the overflow of your heart, the mouth speaks, so we stay positive because gratitude is the gateway to peace.

And Paul says this, “finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right. Whatever is pure. Whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable. If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about those things.” So what is Paul saying? Pause and think about what you think about and switch your thoughts to gratitude.

I’ve got one more illustration for you. Hopefully this works out for us. So check this out. I have this glass of water. And I got this dye, and what could happen is this. We get worried. We have anxiety. And what anxiety does, it drops in and it can fill in our lives. You get worried about work. You get worried about your kids. Worried about your finances. Worried about the economy, worried about how long we got to wear a mask. You’re worried are things gonna go back? Can you go back to normal? We even get worried about, you know, murder hornets, you know, whatever those things are, you know we got all these things that try to bring anxiety, all these things that bring in, bring in fear. And the cup becomes this orange, it becomes orange. And Paul says, don’t be anxious about anything, don’t be anxious about anything. How do we get there is when we pause and we think about what we think about it. Since gratitude is the gateway to peace. We have to think about things that bring peace, think about things that are good, and this is what he tells us. He says think about whatever is right, whatever is noble, whatever is true, whatever is praiseworthy, whatever is excellent. Think about those things and then this is what happens. What happens when we start to think about those things. Gratitude begins to overflow from our heart.

And what you’re going to see here, when we think about the goodness of God, the greatness of God, how God is for us; how if God helped us one time, He’s faithful to do it again, and how God is never gonna let things come in our lives that we can’t handle, that we can’t get a way out of it. And most importantly, we will know that God is all involved in our lives. And we now see that where we started as stressed out, when we started as frustrated, God is faithful to come and make us whole again and his peace does that for us.

Isn’t that good news? Isn’t that great news that we can do that? That we have access to that and I didn’t spill any of the water, come on somebody.

But here’s the thing I want you to get, though. As I was pouring that, there was this middle spot where it was kind of faded and kind of clear. I think a lot of us stop there. We go a couple days, “I won’t complain, I’m going to see things in a better angle and pause and think about what what I think about.” But then the week happens and something else happens and something else piles on and then we find ourselves all over the floor again. But I’m telling you this: don’t stop. Keep thinking about what God wants you to think about. Gratitude is the gateway to peace.

Bow your heads with me, let’s pray.

God, we just come to you right now. We thank you that you are good. That you are for us, that you are near, that we can rejoice because you are near. Your grace in us, your grace through us. And even right now, I think there’s some people who are watching and you have been complaining way too much. There’s words coming out of your mouth towards loved ones, towards people you care about, that you don’t even know why you’re saying those things. And they feel like poison. They feel sharp. And right now I feel like the Holy Spirit is on you right now, and it says, one, he forgives; and two, he’s there for you. If you’re listening to me right now, and you want a heart of gratitude, you don’t want a spirit of complaining, you want a heart of gratitude, right where you are. Just pop up a hand. I know that’s kind of weird because we’re in a house, we’re not all together, and you may have got kids running around and people with you. I don’t care. This is between you and God. You can close your eyes, head bowed. If you want a spirit of gratitude and you want the spirit of complaining to go away, just shoot a hand up right now. I want to pray for you. God, I pray for every hand that is lifted up right now that says I don’t want a spirit of complaining anymore. And I don’t want to complain about my spouse. I don’t want to complain about my kids. I don’t want to just complain about my situation. I don’t want to just complain and complain and complain and not do anything but I want a spirit of gratitude. Holy Spirit, empower people right now. Come Holy Spirit. Bring peace to people’s souls. Bring joy to people’s lives. God Your Word says your joy is our strength. So God we pray for the strength of your joy.

Come Holy Spirit. And God right now I pray for people, yes, who have habitually complained about everything. Just negativity. It’s enough. It’s enough. It’s not getting you anywhere. It’s time to make a new decision, and gratitude is that decision. Come Holy Spirit. Maybe you’re listening to this right now and you don’t know this Jesus I was talking about or you don’t have this relationship with God, which you are like, I like what you’re saying, and I want to know this Jesus, if that’s you, I just want you to pray this prayer with me right where you are. You can say it in your heart or you can even say it out loud. Just say, Jesus, forgive me for my mistakes. Make me knew. Today, I trust you with my life. Today I follow you. In Jesus name. Amen.

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