There are few things in this world that are more frustrating than having to deal with an ungrateful individual. Whether it’s a spoiled child throwing a temper tantrum for more or a spoiled adult who is unappreciative of the things others have done for them. Ungrateful people can be difficult to stomach. So today, I want to share three reasons individuals tend to be so ungrateful.
1. We tend to be ungrateful because we focus on the negative instead of the positive. Yes, everyone has something or someone that we could complain about. We could complain about slow Wi-Fi connection or heavy traffic. We could complain about our jobs and our supervisors. We could even choose to complain about the weather or all the irritating social media statues that we don’t like. But the fact of the matter is there are so many more reasons to be grateful. We should thank God for waking us up this morning. We should thank Him for food, clothing, and shelter. We should thank God for Jesus and His saving grace. The Bible says it this way in 1 Chronicles 16:34, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
2. We tend to be ungrateful because we compare our lives with those who have more things than we have. We foolishly compare our home to the homes we see on popular TV shows. Or, we unwisely compare our body image to those airbrushed models in beloved magazines. We even compare our social media likes, followers, and retweets with those of actors, actresses, and reality stars. But the Bible warns us in 2 Corinthians 10:12, “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” The only person you are in competition with is the person in the mirror.
3. We tend to be ungrateful when we quickly forget what God has already done in our lives. The Bible teaches us a valuable lesson about being grateful in Luke 17:12-17, “As Jesus was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance. (13) and called out in a loud voice, Jesus, Master, have pity on us! (14) When he saw them, he said, go, show yourselves to the priest. And as they went, they were cleansed. (15) One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. (16) He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him and he was a Samaritan. (17) Jesus asked, were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” Is this how we treat God today? When we couldn’t help ourselves, He saved our souls. Jesus answers our prayers daily. He even protects us from dangers seen and unseen. Yet, we rarely pause to say thank you. In fact, we rarely come back after the crisis is over to give Him the praise He deserves.
I have discovered over the years that someone else is praying for the very things you and I take for granted. So before you start to complain, focus on the positive, refuse to compare yourselves to others who have more than you, and remember all the things God has already done in your favor. I leave you with the words found in Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Blessings!!!