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Abounding in Thankfulness

April 30, 2014

I recently did some traveling. As often happens, we hit delays. So many of my fellow passengers around me were getting angry, negative, and frustrated.

I’ve seen a huge change in my life in these situations while traveling. Maybe it is knowing delays are inevitable. For whatever reason, I have developed a greater compassion for those who take the brunt of the anger.

This reminded me of a verse I’ve been chewing on for a few weeks now.

Colossians 2:6-7 says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

Paul is talking about the core of our faith. I found it interesting to see him speaking of walking with Christ and out of the blue, he moves to thankfulness.

Thanksgiving and Gratitude

November 23, 2011

As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving this week, it brings to mind things that we are grateful for. As an American, still celebrating the holiday while in South Africa, I want to remind my countrymen to be grateful.

When someone hands you a gift, the appropriate response in almost any culture is to say; ‘thank you.’ You receive the gift and treasure it. You treat it with respect. Your feelings towards the giver are affected, causing love and gratitude to flow.

In the United States, something we often do to express gratitude for something someone has given is to write a note. In this note, we express appreciation for what has happened. This is a thank you note.

We do not feel a need to climb the ladder to achieve some elusive spiritual platform. We simply respond with gratitude, desiring to get to know the Giver of the gift. We do this because we want to. The gift of God does not come with strings attached.