Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Roadmap to Gratitude

Okay, so here's what I picked up from Colossians 3:15-17:

God's Roadmap to Gratitude

One: Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart. Focus on Him and all He's given for you. Focus on His laws and words. And let Him be in charge of your wants, your desires, your heart. Let what matters to Him matter to you.

Two: Be Thankful. Each day, every day. For little things as well as big.

Three: Let the Word of Christ dwell in you. Spend time in His word, letting the truths contained there soak deep into the fabric of who you are. There's life and healing and wonder in those words.

Four: Teach and Admonish One Another with Wisdom. In other words, don't let each other get away with being self-focused, spoiled, and ungrateful. And don't expect them to let you get away with it, either. We're to hold each other accountable. Let's start doing that, but only in wisdom and love--and with gratitude in our hearts to the One who created us and loves us, often in spite of ourselves.

Whatever you do, always be thankful to God. Remember that video? How can we not be thankful, every day, for all we've been given? So life may not be exactly what we'd like it to be. We're still blessed beyond belief. How much more peaceful and kind would our world be if we lived with that awareness and appreciation every day? I'm guessing a lot.

And I'm going to give it a try today. How 'bout you?

Peace to you.


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