The Praise Project

It’s easy to find something to complain about these days. But did you know that Christians are not supposed to complain? Do all things without griping and complaining Philippians 2:14 says. Why? So we may be blameless and harmless in a crooked and perverse nation where we shine as lights in the world (verse 15). Meanwhile, the Holy Spirit took it one step further while inspiring Paul to write 1 Thessalonians 5:18:

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Many of our readers’ kids are back in school this week. Other parents are preparing for their child’s first day of classes. Either way, that means homework and projects. Here’s a project for you this week, Dads. Instead of complaining about something this week, find something to praise God about at that moment.

Did you get in your vehicle this morning and realize you needed gas to get to work? Was the pump super slow when you got to the station? Instead of griping or saying a bad word, thank God for the times you had money to buy gas and or did not run out of gas on your way to work. Thank God for the times the pump ran smoothly.

Wanting a new home? Be thankful for the one you have, especially when someone went to great lengths to help you get that place! Got a flat tire? Praise God for the spare that’s in your trunk, not to mention all the times you did not have a flat.

Again, it’s easy for us to complain about something, and God knows it. Why else would he have inspired people like Paul to write letters to churches in Philippi and Thessalonica telling members to avoid complaining and give thanks in all things? The same could be said for the church at Colossae. Apparently, people there had tempers and foul mouths, because Colossians 3:8 (KJV) says to put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication. Don't just view those as instructions for those churchgoers in those areas.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:16-17).”

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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