An Attitude of Gratitude: Abounding in Thanksgiving
“As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7
Next week, many of us will be gathering with family, friends and loved ones to enjoy a smorgasbord of turkey and pies and other delicious family recipes. We may find an overabundance of food heaped upon a plate that may not be big enough to handle this massive feast! And the leftovers will present quite a challenge when we try to rearrange our fridge to fit them all inside. Many of us will be blessed to have a quality meal with our families and hopefully all of us will take the time to count our blessings.
In Colossians, we are taught to abound in thanksgiving for what we have received from God and the fruits of our faith. Just as our tables will be filled with food, God has filled our plates with abundant blessings and we are reminded to give thanks and praise for what we have received. This season helps us refocus our attention on what is most important and valuable to us. While the Black Friday sales may tempt us to quickly forget this lesson, we must continue to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
At Thanksgiving, we may eat too much. But we also give to one another in the spirit of the season. Maybe we prepare a dish or help serve meals for others. Maybe we provide the entertainment at the gathering or pass along life lessons to the next generation. When we have gratitude for the most important things, we can more freely share our best self with others and allow Christ’s light to shine in all we do.