Sunday, January 11, 2009

Be Thankful

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, give thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:15-17

In Sunday School we are studying the book of Colossians. Today as we looked at Chapter 3, one think stood out to me. "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...And be thankful." It is so easy to worry over things in life. It's really seems easier to worry than to just hand it over to God. If we hand it over to God, we are no longer in control.

But once we do hand our burdens over, we can experience the peace of Christ. Even though our circumstances may not have changed, we can look at them in a different way and be thankful. We don't have to be thankful for our circumstances, but we can be thankful that God is there to walk us through them, thankful that we don't have to go it alone, thankful for the lessons that we may learn.

Turning things over to God and being thankful despite our circumstances if part of living our lives through faith. It takes faith to let go and let God take control. I pray that this week we will step out in faith, experience that peace of Christ, and remember to praise God in the midst of our circumstances with gratitude in our hearts.


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