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By LISA SCARBOROUGH
In Colossians 2:6-8, Paul calls Christians to be overflowing with thankfulness; he is encouraging believers to strive for spiritual growth in this passage. This is a recurring theme throughout the New Testament teachings; being thankful is a continuous feeling believers should have in their lives.
This I must admit is a struggle at times. Thankfulness does not come easy when things are not going our way. We live in a culture that says, "Gimme, gimme." This does not evoke a strong sense of thankfulness, but rather a sense of entitlement to life’s needs and wants. The expectation that being born an American or into God’s family as a Christian bring the promise of wealth, health and life’s every little wish.
But, being born in America, the land of the free and home of the brave, does bring the promise of choice for our lives. Whether we work hard and strive to create a life of happiness and health or whether we choose to just stumble along and see how things turn out, these are choices we in America have. We can be thankful for that choice. Not many people in the world today have this freedom we take as our due.
Being born into God’s family through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ brings a whole new kind of freedom, a freedom from eternal death and aloneness. This is something to be thankful for: a complete new opportunity to live a life of purpose with wonderful benefits.
These two different births are truly worthy of being thankful for.
As an American, I am thankful that I can live anywhere in this beautiful country I choose to, have the opportunity to work many different types of jobs, and most of all, worship freely.
As a Christian, I am thankful for a God who loves me unconditionally, when I am making good choices and making bad choices, when I am seeking him and when I am going my own way. Once you choose to accept the gift of salvation, you become a new child in the family of God. Thankfulness should flow from your life as a result of this gift.
Therefore, I am thankful for all the things of life: my husband, my friends, my family, my home, and that I am living in a wonderful community where people care about one another and express that through giving generously to those in need.
Most of all I am thankful to the Lord because He is God. If he did nothing for me from now until He called me home, I would still be thankful because He is the only one worthy of our thanks just because He is God!
Lisa Scarborough is the director of Love INC.