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
I’ve nearly completed my first 2 months in Reno, Nevada after leaving the beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida area. And if I’m honest I can’t say I’ve been exactly “abounding in thanksgiving” over the last several weeks. No. In fact, “abounding in grumbling” may be the more accurate phrase to describe my disposition at times. I’ve grumbled about the weather and climate mostly. None of this grumbling, however, has changed anything. And, most importantly, it’s not pretty on anybody.
To help combat this grumbling, I decided to spend yesterday in a mode of thanksgiving. You’ve probably practiced this exercise many times as well: go from person-to-person and highlight things you’re thankful for. After all, it’s tough to grumble when you pause to consider the many blessings in your life. So, I practiced this with each of my patients.
While I voiced gratitude for God generally, I failed to highlight anything specific that cause me to “abound in thanksgiving.” Driving home afterward I found myself thinking, “What is it about God that I am most grateful for?”
One attribute that floods my heart is His promise found in Romans 8:28, the fact that He orchestrates everything in my life for His glory and my good. Thank goodness, because circumstances do not work together for good themselves and I need His help! LOL
This Thanksgiving holiday I want me, my family and our friends to be “abounding in thanksgiving.” And for this to happen we need to be specific for what attributes we’re thankful for. Perhaps you’ll recall His love, mercy, grace, forgiveness (for being grumpy), patience or sweet providence. For this I am most grateful.
May the beauty and blessings of Thanksgiving bring warmth and peace to your home this season.