Chords of Thanksgiving

“The Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. The Lord God  ...  made  ...  a woman, and brought her unto the man.” Genesis 2:18,2218And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18)
22And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. (Genesis 2:22)
“Women adorn themselves  ...  with good works.” 1 Timothy 2:9-10
“That there be no complaining in our streets. Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.” Psalm. 144:14-15
Solomon says, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing” (Prov. 18:2222Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the Lord. (Proverbs 18:22)). Are we a good thing? A good wife is a joy to be around. She smiles when she sees her husband, and he knows she is glad to see him walk into the room. She was created to be his companion, and she makes sure she is a delightful companion. She doesn’t nag, and she never runs out of things to be thankful for. She may weep — the Bible certainly leaves room for that — but she doesn’t complain. The children of Israel were repeatedly chastened for complaining, and God doesn’t like it any better now than He did then. Life is a song, and if we keep hitting notes of frustration, bitterness, and hurt feelings, our melody will sound lousy. If we diligently practice the chords of thanksgiving, our song will be much more harmonious. Since practice makes perfect, both complaining and thankfulness can become habit. It is clear which practice leads to the sweeter song. It is great when we can say with Paul, “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Phil. 4:1111Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (Philippians 4:11)).