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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Friday, January 7, 2011

Choosing Gratitude

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:15-17 

We live in a society with a 'me first' attitude of thinking. Even as Christians, it can be hard to break away from this mentality. With a new year beginning, it's a wonderful time to concentrate on choosing to be grateful. For almost a year now, I've been making a point each day to come up with something for which I'm thankful. Sometimes I think of it as a journal of things that bring me joy.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 encourages us to "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." Not always easy to do, but possible.

I pray I will continue to grow in this area this coming year.

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