Just knowing “be grateful” with no power to do so breeds despair
“Just doing” gratitude with no genuine heart transformation breeds self-righteousness
When the apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Philippi, he was practicing gratitude despite circumstances. He wrote “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” as he was telling of his learning to be content in plenty and in want, in prison or free, no matter what.
Day 1 of the choosing gratitude opportunity cites Colossians 3:12-17 as the focus passage. The “put on” of this passage — compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness, love– oh, Lord, I want to “wear” those clothes! So, “put on” these characteristics
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
Do everything in Jesus’ Name
The above is not a checklist. These traits are the visible outcome of a truly grateful heart. In fact, “putting on” humility in order to show you have checked the box is not humility at all. . .
Back to “how do I do that?”
“If then [since] you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above,where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4
What a wonderful “how!”
I have been raised with Christ. Christ conquered death and sin, and has given me His inheritance. I also have God’s protection. My life, my eternal soul, is safe. I have a certain future.
My circumstances are temporary. The very longest they can last is until my final physical breath. Choosing gratitude is choosing to focus on what will truly last rather than what can change in the blink of an eye.
Today I will focus on what I have – eternal life with Christ, a certain future, and a definite purpose. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. . .
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