Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Gratitude is Counter Cultural
"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:20
I went on a walk last night, just before the last bit of light was snatched out of the sky. My mood was on the somber side. As I walked, however, I was keenly aware of one thing. That it was still cool. Something in my soul jumped up and said......"Remember this, remember this......" For soon, it will be so stifling hot we won't be able to walk outside without suffocating.
I found myself at the community pool just as the stars came out......both pools were empty, both the inside one and the outside one. I missed my niece terribly just then. She loves to go swimming more than anything in the world. I could see her in my mind and hear her voice and I felt the regret of knowing all that I have missed with her being one state away.
At any given time in this life there are things to feel sad about. But living this way.....this way of looking back is not what God wants us to do. We have a forward thinking God. When we are depressed, we are off balance. Our vision is skewed. We think of how things were, and compare them to how things are now. When we fear that things will get worse, we assume we know what the future holds, but only God knows that. When I think like that I am playing God.
This is dangerous thinking because then, I forget to be thankful for all those things we can praise Him for right now.
I was given a great gift growing up. I was taught it by my folks, who thought it was a value to be passed on, and the best way I can repay them is to pass it on to others. I see this photo of my Mom's table and I smile. I see in my own table, my own home a reflection of the joy within it. With each and every item on her table, there is a story......
The kerosene lamp that she has always had on her table
The robin that has a special meaning of hope in the midst of sorrow
The mug from a favorite place, the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite
My own prayer journal
In a world that says to always seek bigger, better, and more than what you have. I am so grateful for what I do have. For the love that resides in my home, the peace, the smile that greets me.......
I am rich and blessed beyond measure.