Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NSRV
What does it mean to be thankful? Is it a feeling of gratitude or gladness in what we have been given? Or is it the awareness of the divine that surrounds us? Being thankful isn’t just a polite thing to do…. giving thanks is more than saying “thank you”. Thankfulness is an attitude of the heart. True thanksgiving comes from being grateful for what we have and for every blessing we receive. Maybe we don’t have everything we need right now. Maybe we don’t have everything we want. What we do not have is an excuse for not being grateful for the good things we have.
Richard Foster writes,
To receive what we have as a gift from God is the first inner attitude of simplicity. We work but we know that it is not our work that gives what we have. We live by grace when it comes to “daily bread”… What we have is not a result of our labor, but of the gracious care of God. When we are tempted to think that what we own is a result of our own personal efforts it takes only a little drought or small accident to show us once again how radically dependent we are for everything. (The Celebration of Discipline)
Thankfulness is a powerful force that works with our faith (our trust in God). When we live by being thankful, it helps our faith to be strong so that we can receive more blessings from the Lord. Let’s take up the challenge and live in thankfulness more than we ever have before—every day.