Colossians 3:15-17New International Version (NIV) - 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Thankfulness and gratitude are mentioned throughout this passage in some way. So, this must have been of some importance to Paul and this small upstart church in Colosse.
The first century church was subjected to persecution that we don’t face today. So, being thankful must have been extremely hard for them. And having gratitude?
We are not unlike that first century church when it comes to lacking an attitude of gratitude.
Let’s face it, it is much easier to focus on what is wrong in our lives and the world than it is to lift up what is good. Being grateful doesn’t often come natural.
Sure, we are happy when good things happen to us, but do we remember to give thanks to God for it? I know I forget to say thanks more often than I would like to admit! My prayer life often includes more I needs, I want, and would you please phrases than it does words of thanks for all that He has done.
Try this exercise - Write down five specific things that you are thankful for today. Post that somewhere in your office, or your house, or your car.
Then as often as you see that note, give thanks for one of those things.
It will take you less than a minute to lift it up, but the effect on your attitude that day could be significant.
Remember that you are blessed and a beloved child of God this day and all the days of your life!