being thankful over thanksgiving weekend is easy. it's every other week that my sense of gratitude can be lost.
i would love to be able to say i never take things for granted and always remain grateful for what i have.
but i can't, if i'm honest.
it's amazing how when we first get something we are thankful. but then, if we consistently have it, we begin to take it for granted. water whenever we want it. electricity that works all the time. grocery stores stockpiled with food. we are not grateful for these things all the time. the truth is we take them for granted because they are our norm and we rarely take a step back to think about what we actually have in these things.
this past sunday at Colossae i taught on Romans 5:12-21. in this section paul is comparing Adam with Jesus. his point is clear: they are two different people and each leads us in a totally different direction. here is the comparison he makes between these two in this section:
Adam led to: sin and death (12, 17, 21); Condemnation (16); Disobedience (19)
Jesus led to: Justification (16); Righteousness (17, 19); Obedience (19); Grace (15, 20)
polar opposites. and for that, as a Christian, i am thankful.
here is what i know to be true about gratitude in my life: when i take my focus off myself (or people in general) and put it on Jesus, gratitude is naturally a part of my life. additionally, when i take a step back and consider where i came from (i.e. the life of Adam - also see Ephesians 2:1-3) and compare that to where Jesus has brought me, i'm grateful.
when i can keep these things at the front of my mind i remain thankful for more than just a weekend a year.
Lord, help me to remember.