Children aren't born thankful.
After all, adults struggle with thankfulness; we often feel we deserve good things. We're selfish and we want what we want. Yet we're often disappointed and think gratitude only applies to happy times.
But God has made it clear that expressing gratitude is not optional or occasional‐and that He takes our lack of faith, expressed in complaining, very seriously. Our circumstances leave us with choices: Will we focus on ourselves or God's character? Our short-sighted plan or His perfect, all-seeing faithfulness?