Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Col. 3:15)
This may seem obvious but the truth is most of us tend to be ungrateful much of the time. When I first wake up in the morning my flesh isn’t grateful. It isn’t happy to be alive another day. It isn’t thankful that it has work that day or that it needs to clean the house or go grocery shopping. Mainly, my flesh just wants to go back to sleep.
But the Lord has been teaching me lately, a lot of it through my husband, that I need to be grateful every day. If I’m lying in bed, wanting to go back to sleep but knowing I need to get up, it’s a lot easier to start my day once I’ve listed everything I’m thankful for and then I feel more excited about the day. I mean, I’m still tired, but at least I don’t feel depressed or discouraged.
We have a lot in our lives for which we can thank God: our lives, salvation, our health, a home, a spouse or kids, family, friends, a job, food, water, electricity, running water, internet, computers, phones, cars, etc. The list could go on and on. We can walk around the house and thank God for each thing that we see. In fact, if you find yourself feeling ungrateful I actually recommend doing just that!
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Col. 3:16)
It’s easy to become ungrateful when we’re looking at everything we don’t have yet. Not enough money, a house that’s falling apart, a car that’s 10 years old or more, your husband is irritating, your kids tire you out, you don’t have a job or you don’t like your job – that list could go on and on too because it’s very easy to focus on the negative. That’s why I’m learning to focus on the positive, what I do have, what God has done, instead of on the negative.
It’s important to help our husbands do this too. As Christians, we are spiritual partners to our husbands and we need to encourage them to stay grateful. I know my husband doesn’t like his current job, but I need to remind him that at least he has a job and that this job is only temporary until God opens the door for where He really wants him.
So, that’s my advice for this weekend! Stay grateful! Wake up each morning, walk around your house, and thank God for everything in it – yes, even the stain in the carpet (you have a home) or the noisy and bored kids (you have a family). Let’s thank God for all the good He has done and focus on the positive.