Intentionally Giving Thanks
Many people miss the point of this holiday, but as Christians, we can give thanks with joy. We can give thanks with hope. We can give thanks from a heart of gratitude for every kindness the Lord has shown us. So, let us be thankful – winsomely contagious with gratitude – by focusing on Christ.
Paul told the Colossians, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2) No matter what the situation is that we find ourselves in, there is always, always, always something to be thankful for. Paul told the Thessalonians, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) And in the midst of giving thanks, may we know peace and share it wherever He leads us. Colossians 3:15-17 says, “…let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 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. 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.”
I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Be intentional and take time to thank God today and in the days to come. Despite your circumstances, there is always much to be grateful for.
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