Giving Joyful Thanks

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I don’t think I’m thankful enough. No, I KNOW I’m not thankful enough. Not only that, I look for joy in all the wrong places.

I seem to spend my days focused on the circumstances before me, and my level of joyfulness and thankfulness seems to correspond with how things are going with my circumstances. Is my husband satisfied with his job? Great! I’m joyful and thankful! Are my children and grandchildren happy and healthy? Awesome! Thank You Lord! Do we have enough money to cover the bills this month and maybe a wee bit more for fun? Wonderful! More joy and more thanks!

But when I read Scripture, I realize something. There are so many other reasons for joy and thankfulness, and they have absolutely nothing to do with this life’s circumstances.

“Giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light.” Colossians 1:12.

Look at all we have to be joyful about and thankful for in this one verse. For one thing, we have a Heavenly Father – a God who longs for a personal relationship with us. We are His children, whom He graciously loves and adopted.

Our Father loves us so much that He qualifies us, or makes us fit, for an amazing inheritance. Our inheritance includes eternal life, which is much more than endless existence. It’s a life of quality – Christ living in us. Our inheritance includes all of God’s promises. And it includes a bright future, an eternity in His kingdom of light, where there is no darkness.

Sometimes I get so caught up in this world, and I allow my hopes to rise and fall based on today’s events. Even sadder is expressing joyful thanksgiving to my Father based on my circumstances when He has freely given me so much more.

Though the light from this Idaho sunrise is bright and hopeful, it doesn’t begin to compare with the bright hope of our life with Christ. Now that’s something to give joyful thanks to our Heavenly Father for!

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