We’ve reached the second to last month of 2014, November. We’ve looked at a lot of the Fruit of the Spirit thus far this year and we’ve still got one more of the Fruit to discuss in December. This month we’re going traditional and will spend it talking about being thankful: a topic I believe we should all study and live more.
I think the thing that’s important to remember about being thankful is that it’s really part of everything else: either we’re thankful for how things have gone or how things haven’t gone, or we’re not. I think it’s almost like breathing that we forget what it is and how essential it is to us until we’re so wrapped up in the depths of despair that we can’t pick ourselves up.
Yes, thanksgiving is a sentiment and expression all by itself. We’re taught from an early age to say “thank you” at appropriate times. Saying “thank you” is a way of acknowledging, recognizing and appreciating what the other person did for us, something that’s essential because we all need the feedback and recognition; we crave it.
But expressing our thanks is about more than just patting someone else’s ego, it’s good for us. As it turns out being thankful is better for us than being grumpy or miserable. What does that mean? It means that when we’re thankful we feel better about ourselves, are able to do our jobs better and have healthier relationships. Being thankful is like going for a run, it releases the good stuff in us, but there’s no sweating required.
I don’t know about you, but I like feeling good and making a difference, and with as little effort as it takes to be or express my thanks, I’m all for it.
“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…one another…singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:15-16