Gratitude Attitude

Col. 3:17. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”

Paul concludes this portion of his letter with this simple concept: Every single thing you do or say is to be done in God’s Name, with thanksgiving.

Seems so easy, but I’ve lived long enough to assure you that it is not always easy!

If you’ve ever had to get up in the middle of the night to deal with a baby who just had a major blow-out ALL over the crib–it’s hard to be thankful!

When your first child comes home from school looking green around the gills, and his stomach hurts, and then he starts with diarrhea and vomiting, you KNOW it’s going to go through the other three, and then it hits you harder than any of the children, and it’s hard to be thankful.

When you have six people in the family and just one bathroom, sometimes it’s hard to be thankful.

When your 10-year-old, who is physically active, breaks both legs at the same time, it’s hard to be thankful.

When you’re told at age 32 that you have rheumatoid arthritis (I didn’t–wrong diagnosis, but no one had heard of fibromyalgia back then) it’s hard to be thankful.

When your 17-year-old daughter contracts a terrible virus that drains her energy and changes her life, it’s hard to be thankful.

When all three of your sons move VERY far away, and you don’t get to see much of them or their children, sometimes it’s REALLY hard to be thankful.

When your husband falls off a ladder and crushes his heel, it’s hard to be thankful. Don’t ever do that. It’s a life-changing injury.

When you come down with “old woman’s back” and your own energy is depleted, and you can’t bend over, can’t clean or do yard work, it’s hard to be thankful. Pain is a serious deterrent to a thankful spirit.

You’d think, “Wow, she’s had it rough!” No, not really. There are many, many others who have had it so much worse. One of the things I have learned–am learning–is to look for things for which to be thankful during ALL of life, not just through the easy times. Even when things are the most difficult, I am learning to see that for which I can be thankful in spite of negative circumstances. I’m also learning that being truly thankful during hard times makes the hard times less difficult.

Words, deeds, joy, sorrow, good times, hard times–everything is to be done in the Name of the Lord, with thanksgiving. As Ron Hamilton wrote in one of his Patch the Pirate song, we need to have a gratitude attitude.

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