Definition: conscious of benefit received, expressive of thanks, well pleased
What is thankfulness to you? What do you have to be thankful for? In this day and age, thankfulness is a lacking attribute in the people around us. It is not promoted in our schools and that makes it extremely hard to teach our children how to be thankful. We can model it at home but we have to be vigilant about what we allow into our homes…tv, computer, social media; all those “inputs” can counteract our best intentions as parents.
Our society is all about “what can I get”…”I deserve”…”I need”…”I’m more important”…we can easily become indoctrinated into thinking that same way unless we consistently refocus our attention and thoughts. But how do we do this? How do we fight against the norm of “me, me, me”?
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 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.”
As you read the passage in Colossians, you can get overwhelmed by what you need to “do”. But in reality, if your eyes are continually focused on Jesus, if your hearts and minds are bound to Him, then all that this passage commands of you will become second nature. We are to model ourselves after Christ. If we are to be meek, compassionate, humble, etc, then thankfulness just comes naturally. Remember, we are called to live IN this world but NOT become PART of this world. We are just passing through as we journey to our permanent home with the Lord Jesus. Thankfulness should be pouring out of us because of what Jesus did on the cross for us. He took the bullet, the punishment, the ultimate sacrifice….for that I am eternally THANKFUL!!!
Please join me as I endeavor to be a better example of thankfulness to everyone around me…and when someone asks why you are so thankful…be bold and tell them why…I don’t need to tell you what to say though, right?