Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Abounding in Thanksgiving





Here is a worthy goal:  Abound in thanksgiving.  I thought about what this means.  What does it mean to abound in thanksgiving?  Well, if we think financially, if someone is abounding financially, typically even if they try to hide it,  it is obvious; it is evident in one way or another that this person has wealth, perhaps it is reflected in the way the person is living or in what the person has.  In any case, it's there. In the same way, abounding in thanksgiving means that it is as if a person is wearing thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving can't be hidden; it would be like wearing a bright colored shirt that is so radiant everybody in the can see!  That's what I want!  I want to wear thanksgiving brightly to the point that it's evident for everyone to see and maybe even benefit and latch on to.  I want to have that kind of radiance!

When I walk these days I think of others and what they've done to help me.  I remembered my friend Phil, who thought of me enough to give me two shirts that his family sent to him from Philadelphia.  I remembered to thank my friend Mike who took a video of me as I sang a song of encouragement for a friend in a cafe.  I remembered to thank all those who listened to my songs and gave me encouragement "liking" my songs on Facebook.   I knew that what they did made me feel good, but I'm so thankful to God that I remembered: "Oh, I should thank them!"

Perhaps abounding means that you are not just thankful for each person in your life for one thing only, but you are thankful in a great number of thanks for each person, meaning you can think of more than one thing to be thankful for every one person in one's life.  Here is a definition I found for "abounding":    To have in large number or amounts [of something]. Another way to define abounding is:  more than enough.   
Today I am thankful for you and I'm cheering you on!

I'm not a fan of competition, but I think this would be a worthy competition, to see how many ways can you think of the persons in your day to day life, at home, at work, and out passing by, how many items of thanks can you give for each person?    

A worthwhile goal:  abound in thanksgiving.
Have a wonderful day!

"Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, ABOUNDING IN THANKSGIVING."  Colossians 2:6-7  

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