A thankful heart

“Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done.” Colossians 2:7

I spent time with one of my absolute favorite people today, who has come to the recent realization that she is utterly and completely blissful—she is overjoyed at how wonderful her life is and can’t believe how blessed she is. As we walked around DSW, discovering beautiful (yet overpriced) shoes, she looked at me and said, “our lives really our PERFECT, aren’t they?” And I had no dispute! Look at what I’m blessed with: an almost FREE education, a family that is able to help me pay for an apartment in Atlantic Station (with a view of the Georgia Tech golf course, my own HUGE bedroom and bathroom), a chance to spend six months in Europe (studying French and literature), a job at a very nice clothing store and a full wardrobe to prove it, friends that I wouldn’t trade for the world, and a family that loves me.

What in the world do I have to complain about?

And yet, everyday I find something to complain about. Almost all of us do. Every once in a while we stumble upon people who smile through every horrible circumstance, who radiate happiness. Looking back at that list I just made, I find myself shaking my head; how can I NOT be radiating happiness?

As a follower of Christ, this is a lesson I hear almost every week in church. There are a countless number of verses that talk about the joy of the Lord. An advantage I have of being a Christian is having that JOY of Christ—we have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7) and trusting in God means that we can rest in the peace that He has it under control. We have nothing to worry about, nothing we should concern ourselves with. God has this magnificent plan for us and as long as we love and obey Him, blessings will abound.

It’s such a simple message—and one that we hear all the time. Be thankful for what you have (we even have a holiday dedicated to being thankful!). And just as Paul said in Colossians, as we grow in Christ, we strive to let our lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He’s done! I think it’s something I need to be reminded of more often than I would admit to.


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