Today was full of crazy sugar concoctions and new and old faces. It was a time to enjoy the old memories and say goodbye. And to make some new ones. Giving thanks is often hard. But it pops up many times in Paul’s letters, Colossians for example.
Colossians 1:11-14 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, forall endurance and patience with joy,12 giving thanks[d] to the Father, who has qualified you[e] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Giving thanks focuses on what God has done. It is an aspect of a life filled with God’s power, not our failure.
Colossians 3 has another outlook on thankfulness: “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Three times! Whatever you do, be thankful…whether you are in charge of the dishes or working the holiday or catching a bug. Be thankful even if it was a beautiful day and now you are dreading the old normal. Because thankfulness cleans the glasses of Your perspective.
Finally, over in 4:2, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
Thankfulness is not easy, but it is a lifeline to a fulfilled life. It is an essential tool for the battle. And it spreads beauty. God, please help me to wield thankfulness well. Sometimes I would rather complain, but then I read verses like these and I smile again. Thank You for being good. Thanks for all you have created in this earth. And thank you for the people I got to spend today with. You have richly blessed us, may You be praised! Amen.