I know it’s still a few weeks away, but this is the month for Thanksgiving. This is a month when (if we haven’t already been doing so), we start to focus on gratitude and appreciation for God and hopefully for others. Doing this in November helps us – in my opinion – helps us to prepare our hearts for Christmas.
In Christ, we have so, so much to be thankful for. We are blessed beyond measure.
I was looking through some verses about gratitude, and this one struck me.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
I like how it’s all about the peace of Christ ruling in our hearts, the peace of Christ to which we were called. Oh, and by the way, be thankful. It’s a little extra tack-on at the end. Almost – and I hope you don’t think I’m taking too much liberty with Scripture here – but kind of a “duh” moment.
Like, who wouldn’t have the peace of Christ and be thankful? Just the thought is ludicrous, right? If you have the peace of Christ, obviously you’re going to be thankful. Not to repeat myself, but – duh! It’s included in this verse for a reason, though.
I wonder why?
Maybe there are people who think they have the peace of Christ but who have no gratitude. If that’s the case, somethings wrong with the picture. Out of sync. Confused. Not quite right.
Gratitude is a part of life for Christians. We know what we’ve been saved from. We know how Christ works in our lives each and every day. And we know what the future holds for us, too. How could we not be grateful?
We’re also grateful for the people God has brought into our lives. For some of us, it’s family. For others, it’s – well, family – it might just look a little different than other people’s idea of family. We’re thankful for the ones we can rely on, the ones who listen to us when we need an ear, and the ones who give us a light little kick in the derriere when we need that, too.
Sometimes I overextend myself. I commit to too much. Part of that is that I have a really hard time saying no to people who need me to do something. And maybe that’s even grounded a little bit in insecurity and a need to keep people happy with me. But regardless – sometimes I get overextended. I had two separate conversations with people last month about two completely different things, and in both cases, the people told me to stop what I was doing. One was a group of writer friends who basically yelled at me to wait until January to do something that I was going to try to get done in November. (They were totally right. I was crazy for thinking November was possible, let alone a good idea!) The other was with my husband who basically told me not to do something. He was like, “It’s my job to look out for you – even when you don’t like it. And this isn’t good for you. Don’t do it.” (He was totally right, too, by the way.) I heeded his advice. In part, because I knew it came from a place of love.
This year, I’m grateful for the people who love and support me, who encourage me, who pray for me, who hug me – in person or virtually – when I need a hug, and who sometimes just silently root for me. I’m thankful for the people God has placed in my life to teach me, to challenge me, to call me on it when I get a little crazy, and to show me Christ in action by the way they walk through life. I’m grateful for good friends, new friends, and that guy I’m married to who’s also a pretty awesome friend.
As believers, we should be thankful all year long. Every day. Every minute. But sometimes we need a reminder. Sometimes we need a little tap to remind us of the things we already know.
I hope you’re reminded this month to walk in gratitude.
In the comments, let me know something – or someone – that you’re thankful for. One random commenter will be selected to win a $5 Amazon gift card. Winner will be announced in the 11/12/23 Sunday Edition. Must have a .com email address to be eligible.