I have had a long running battle between gratitude and complacency. The idea of being faithful but not necessarily fruitful has been a problem in my life. I heard people talk about being faithful to God. To them that meant “Hold the fort for He is coming!” It was basically the idea that things were bad and could only get worse. It was that we had to just be faithful and we couldn’t expect God to give us fruit.
It seemed to me to be a fatalistic attitude. Things are bad just hang in there seemed to be the attitude. I didn’t want to fall into that “perceived” trap so I often erred on the side of never being thankful for what God was doing.
No matter how good it was going I wanted more. No matter what blessings He gave I saw those that He didn’t give. So I wasn’t grateful at all. I was and still battle with always feeling defeated, like I don’t measure up!
God wants us grateful to Him for all that He is doing. I also think that God wants us stretching forth and reaching out to do more for His honor and glory. I think God wants me to realize that it is Him but also to realize that I need to work hard.
There is the thought well praying will get more done than working. It would almost seem that prayer and work were at odds with each other, at least in my way of thinking. I listened to so many preach and that is almost what I gathered.
My verse that might help me in this is
I Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
All that I am or ever will be is due to the grace and goodness of God. I can never forget that and I must be very grateful to Him at all times. At the same time I need to not waste His goodness and grace to me. I need to work harder than others. At the same time I need to remember that it is God that is doing all the work.
I am to give thanks in all things. I am to thank Him for the difficulties. I am to thank Him for the discipline He sends in my life. I am to thank Him for whatever ministry He has given me up until now.
I don’t have any idea if this will help you any but it does sum up how I feel and maybe how I am trying to put the two together!