Back in 1988, a Polish railway worker named Jan Grzebski was hit by a train. He survived … but just barely. For the next 19 years (until the year 2007), Grzebski was in a coma.
He awoke in 2007 to a whole new world. Nineteen years earlier, Poland was a communist state. Grzebski noted that back then meat was rationed and there were huge lines at nearly every gas station. And, “there was only tea and vinegar in the shops.”
But 19 years later, he awoke to a free nation where he was quoted as saying that there were “people on the streets with cell phones and there are so many goods in the shops it makes my head spin.”
But something puzzled him. “What amazes me is all these people who walk around with their mobile phones and yet they never stop complaining.”
These people had freedom, food, and wealth greater than Poland had had for decades … and yet Grzebski woke from his coma to find that ALL they seemed to want to do was grumble!
Here’s the point: If you don’t get into the habit of thanking God for what you DO have, you’ll soon become ungrateful because of what you DON’T have.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV