As we finish out this month this week, today I want to talk about the foundation of our faith: God. We’ve been talking about being thankful this month, about finding things to be thankful for even when we’re feeling challenged, being thankful for each other, being thankful for blessings, finding things to be thankful for and having a daily thanksgiving practice. But where does being thankful really start, what can we do to make it easier to be thankful and how can we be more thankful on a more regular basis?
Colossians 2:7 says: “Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
Colossians 2 reminds us that not only do we build our relationship with God to grow our faith and live lives that honor Him, knowing more about God, living more in ways that honor Him, learning more about the person He has created us to be and having a deeper faith will help increase the amount of thankfulness in our hearts, minds and lives. If we want to be more thankful we need more God in our lives. This means being open to seeing Him work in more ways in our lives, from the little things like seeing cats chase squirrels and the miracle of life, to receiving healing and new purpose in life, to receiving checks in the mail and even getting those holiday gifts on sale.
The other thing this verse reminds us is that we can only be thankful in matters that are true. We can’t be thankful for the lies, it’s not how we’re designed. We can only be thankful for that which is true, real, honorable and honest; all things that are good. It’s a good reminder for our lives as well that our lives only grow and become or stay strong when we’re rooted in that which is righteous, honorable and truthful. So if you’ve been struggling with thankfulness in your life, maybe it’s time to take a good look at what’s in your life and what you’re building your life on and around.
What are you thankful for today?