I Am Grateful!
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7
This week families, friends, and neighbors will gather around bountiful tables filled with delicious Thanksgiving feasts. As part of this annual ritual, many people take time to reflect upon the things for which they are thankful. Often during this time of reflection there is a focus upon naming the blessings of family, good health and well-being. Our celebration of thanksgiving is an important reminder to the necessity for us to recognize the source of our blessings and offer our gratitude.
The Thanksgiving Holiday should also remind us of the importance to daily express our gratitude for the abundant blessings God bestows upon our lives. On those days when the wind is howling across the prairie carrying with it snow and freezing temperatures, we should thank God for warm coats, hats, and mittens. When your children bring home report cards, are you grateful for teachers, school para-professionals, and all the individuals involved in education? As you drive down the road, passing the fields of the farmers in our communities, do you pause to think about the processes that turn seed to bread?
Being grateful and expressing our gratitude is a necessity in our lives as Christians. It helps us to recognize that all of life is a gift, the big things and the little ones. Daily expressions of gratitude lead us into a deeper relationship with the one who provides daily bread. Being grateful also builds up the relationships God has given us in our family, friends and neighbors. Gratitude also reminds us that on our own we can do nothing, but when we live our lives with an attitude of gratitude, we can recognize the innumerable blessings God bestows upon his people.
Our gratitude also helps us to see the needs of our neighbors. When we consider our blessings, God invites us to share the abundant blessings we have received. We are not called to be hoarders of God’s generosity, but vessels, which God uses to pour out blessings upon others. Maybe this Thanksgiving you and your family can begin a new tradition of sharing blessings. Gifts to a local food shelf, a meal delivered to a neighbor in need, or a visit to a nursing home or assisted living can become wonderful new way of giving thanks.
As you celebrate this thanksgiving, may you recognize God’s abundant blessings in your life. And may each of your days be filled with gratitude and overflowing thanksgiving. So be encouraged by these words of the Apostle Paul, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Just Another Passing Thought!