Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November: Celebrating Thanksgiving

Happy November! Maybe it's not very original...or surprising...but I have decided to Celebrate Thanksgiving this month. It may seem an obvious choice....but honestly some days it's easier to focus on the struggles of the day rather than the blessings. Do you ever feel like that?

During this season of my life, instead of just focusing my gratefulness on one special American holiday, I think a whole month is in order. Even though I haven't posted anything in November until today, I have already been Celebrating Thanksgiving this month. And I'm glad I made that decision because twelve days into the month and I really do feel lighter...more grateful...even more content.

On days when panic, sadness, worry, or frustration set in over uncontrollable circumstances in our lives, I remind myself that I am Celebrating Thanksgiving...not Heartache this month. And you know what? That actually helps.

You know, a couple of men from the Bible, Paul and Timothy, had their fair share of struggles. They went through some very difficult times, but they didn't let heartache stop them from caring about their friends. During a time when they were going through their own troubles, they took some time to write a letter to the holy people in Colossae.

They wrote:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:15-17

Amazingly these words were written during a time when Paul was imprisoned! Did you know that? These beautiful and encouraging words about thankfulness were written by Paul while he was sitting in prison after being arrested on false charges!

Just think about that for a moment...oh what Paul must have endured...and yet he clung to the peace of Christ to rule his heart. While he was unfairly imprisoned, he wasn't feeling sorry for himself, he was concerned about his faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. So he spent his time encouraging them to be thankful...with gratitude ...giving thanks to God our Father.

Reading over these words, I find myself developing a fresh resolve to dig a little deeper with my own gratefulness. My circumstances, although not exactly what I would choose, are no where near the situation of Paul.

So...um...excuse me while I take some time to be thankful...with gratitude ...giving thanks to God our Father.


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