Whatever You Do…Be Grateful

Read: Colossians 3:12-17

As I was reading today’s passage of Scripture, this quote came to my mind:

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And I wonder:

How often am I really truly grateful for what I have?

How often am I grateful for more than what the material things that I have received? Am I grateful for the things that I have had the opportunity to experience? Am I grateful for the places that I have been able to visit? Am I grateful for the people around me? Am I grateful for the skills and talents that the Lord has given to me?

Do I really even know what it means to be grateful?

Do I know how to live a life of thanksgiving?

And I was thinking about these questions Philippians 4:8 came to mind.

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What if gratitude is simply thinking on these things?

What if G.K. Chesterton is able to say grace before everything he does because he is dwelling on what is excellent and praiseworthy instead of dwelling on how much he has to do or didn’t get done?

What if the key to living Colossians 3:17 and being grateful in whatever you do is changing your mindset to dwell on what is right and pure, and excellent?

I hate to say this, but I am by nature a person who dwells too much on the negative. Most of the memories that readily come to mind are the things that embarrassed me or humiliated me, the things that hurt me and caused me to doubt myself. The things that I dwell on are usually the mistakes that I made or what went wrong during the day. Recalling the good memories and dwelling on what went right during my day is difficult for me. It is not something that I was taught while growing up or if I was it was a lesson that didn’t stick.

I want to change that though. I want to learn to dwell on what is true, whatever is right, etc. so that I can be grateful in whatever I do.

Today’s Challenge:

At dinner with your family tonight, talk about what went right during the day instead of what went wrong.

Today’s Journal:

What do you spend most of your time thinking about? Do you spend more time thinking about what is good in your life or more time thinking about what is wrong in your life?

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